Our very own Aimee Watson was quoted in a recent article for OR Today about OR construction and renovation. She discussed the benefits of a modern OR suite and the importance of proper planning. Use the link below to read the full article!
“Renovating and building perioperative suites has become one of the fastest growing skill sets for health care leaders,” says Aimee Watson, MS, CMRP, a senior manager in healthcare at St. Onge, an independent engineering firm that provides design, logistics and supply chain consulting to hospitals and ASCs. “But we never received a class on this in school.”
Watson says that OR suite construction and renovation is on the rise nationwide for several different reasons. “These include aging buildings, changes in reimbursement models, demands for specialty OR suites, outdated equipment, and the need to bring existing suites up to new codes and standards,” she says. “New and renovated suites can also help attract a more talented surgical team.”
Watson’s success tips for building and renovating new OR suites include making sure growth projections are accurate so as not to undersize the space and planning appropriately for which supplies and equipment will need to be in the room.
“Perioperative team members should grab a seat at the table wherever they can in the process,” says Watson “At the beginning during concept design is best. Identify someone as a dedicated liaison for the teams to work on the new project.”
Click here to read the full article on the OR Today website!