Health Care

Kansas Surgery and Recovery Center’s expansion nearly finished

Kansas Surgery and Recovery Center has nearly completed a remodel and expansion that will make all patient rooms private.

To achieve that aim, the elective-surgery specialty hospital added 3,800 square feet and now has 32 private rooms.

“The remodeling was done not to increase the capacity but to enhance patient and family satisfaction and the experience,” said Ely Bartal, hospital administrator.

The roughly $800,000 remodel and expansion took about 10 months to complete, Bartal said, and staff continued to provide services throughout the project.

This is the hospital’s fifth expansion since it was built in 1995. Originally, the hospital, at 2770 N. Webb Road, had 31,200 square feet. It now has about 66,000 square feet.

The hospital is majority-owned by Via Christi and minority-owned by physicians.

Under the 2010 federal health care law, physician-owned facilities face restrictions on expansion. The facility is licensed to up to 34 beds. It has 12 operating rooms and two special-procedure rooms.

Each room has a flat-screen TV with DVD player, chairs and a day bed for visitors who wish to stay overnight.

“There’s two parts to the hospital: the medical part and the hospitality part, the ‘hotel,’ ” Bartal said. “Basically they’re staying three or four days. Some people don’t have the knowledge of running a hotel. They may be great at nursing, but when you’re staying for days, you want to have a nice building, a nice facility. That’s what we try to produce.”

Other features include on-demand meal service and a computer in each room so that nurses and doctors can check or update medical charts.

Newer rooms do not include showers in the private bathrooms, Bartal said, because most post-op patients cannot take showers. However, there are shower rooms in each of the wings for patients to use and be assisted by a nurse.

Patients typically have physical therapy twice a day, Bartal said. Prior to the expansion, physical therapy in the patients’ rooms was more confined.

“It makes our job easier and frees up space for patients and family members,” said Jerry Anderson, physical therapy supervisor. “We like it. It was way more crunched before.”

About 120 physicians are credentialed to work at the hospital, Bartal said.

Last year, the hospital reported more than 1,400 inpatient admissions, which account for about 25 percent of its business. It had no patient deaths, one blood clot, nine transfers of patients to other facilities for complications and a 0.2 percent infection rate for inpatient procedures, Bartal said.