Capital Medical Center Expansion

Capital Medical Center Breaks Ground to Expand Surgical Department

Capital Medical Center in Olympia, WA, has begun an $18 million expansion and renovation of its surgical department to better serve the needs of patients. When the project is completed in the summer of 2017, the hospital will have five brand-new, state-of-the-art surgical suites and two completely remodeled suites, which adds two to their count today.

The new operating suites will be larger to accommodate the array of medical equipment and technology used during surgeries. Physicians and staff will also have more space to work when doing procedures that require different positioning, such as hip replacement, which Capital Medical has received a Gold Seal of Approval® for — with knee replacement and spine surgery — from The Joint Commission, the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting organization in the nation. This means that their programs have undergone rigorous clinical review, and patients can expect the highest level of care when undergoing these surgical procedures.

An example of new technology that Capital Medical has already installed in anticipation of their expansion and remodel is the Mazor Robotics Renaissance®. This robotic-guided spine surgery system allows orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons to plan the optimal surgery in a CT-based 3-D simulation of a patient’s spine. During surgery, Renaissance guides the surgeon’s hand and tools to the precise planned location. Renaissance has been clinically validated to ensure accuracy of up to 1.5 mm for increased patient safety as compared to freehand spine surgery, which translates to the best possible clinical results for patients with less use of fluoroscopy. Minimally-invasive surgery can mean smaller incisions, shorter hospitalizations, less pain, and faster recovery for patients. Capital Medical Center is currently the only hospital in Washington offering robotic-guided spine surgery.

As part of the renovation, the pre-op and recovery areas will also be improved to provide greater comfort for patients; a larger and better accessible waiting area for family and friends will be created; and behind-the-scenes spaces, including the sterilization room and locker rooms, will be made more functional.

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