Operating Room Suites

3 North/West Surgical Services

  • Fully-integrated rooms allow laparoscopic video, radiology and vascular images to be viewed on any of the room monitors at the touch of a computer screen.
  • Each surgical suite incorporates boom technology, which clears the operating room floor by suspending all medical equipment from the ceiling. Specialized flooring implanted with an antibacterial agent allows for advanced infection control throughout the surgical area.
  • Polymer lighting fixtures rotate, pitch, and roll 360 degrees and are designed to provide a maximum intensity natural light source while reducing glare and eye-strain.  
  • The main operating room is located on the third floor of Saint Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital and includes the main operating room area for inpatient, AM admission, and outpatient surgery, the preoperative assessment room and postoperative recovery room (Phase I and Phase II) and the line room.
  • The operating room is adjacent to SICU, CVICU, Emergency Department, CVL, and Radiology.

Mission of Surgical Services
The mission of Surgical Services is to provide care for all patients who are undergoing a surgical procedure in the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative phases, utilizing standards of care.  We believe that each patient shall be accorded impartial access to the use of the operating room for surgical intervention as medically indicated regardless of race, creed, sex, national origin, religion, social, or financial status.  We believe that each patient has the right to considerate, respectful, quality care at all times and under all circumstances with recognition of their personal dignity, in-dividuality, and confidentiality.  We believe that the perioperative services staff is qualified and capable to provide quality care according to the patient’s health status, operative procedure, and identified needs during preoperative, intraoperative and post-operative phases.

Goals of Surgical Services
To ensure a safe, effective, affordable, comfortable, and therapeutic environment conducive to surgical asepsis.
To provide the instrumentation, supplies, and equipment necessary to perform the designated surgical intervention.
To develop qualified professional and technical staff who collaborates with the medical staff in carrying out appropriate surgical intervention.
To promote ongoing evaluation and opportunities for improvement of quality and appropriateness of patient care.

Included in the “surgical operating suite”

  • Surgery Scheduling
  • Inventory
  • Anesthesia supply room and workroom
  • Perfusion office and perfusion supply room
  • Satellite Pharmacy

15 Operating Rooms

  • 11-13 Rooms scheduled per day
  • Average 730 cases per month
  • 2 Urology Suites
  • 2 Cardiac Suites
  • 2 Neuro Suites
  • 2 Peripheral Vascular Suites 
  • 3 Orthopedic Suites
  • 1 Robotic Suite
  • Gen, GYN, Plastic, ENT
  • Eye Trauma
  • Trauma

Diagnostic, elective, emergency (urgent and emergent), trauma and laparoscopic procedures are provided in the OR suite.

Elective procedures provided include the services of General Surgery, Genitourinary, Gynecology, Peripheral Vascular, Cardiac/Thoracic, Orthopedic, Neurosurgery, Ear/Nose/Throat, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Robotics (Genitouri-nary and Gynecology), as well as organ recovery (LifeBanc), sinus endoscopy, laparoscopy, eye trauma, emergency pro-cedures and trauma.  Also included is surgical intervention for neonates, geriatric patients, inpatient, outpatient, emergency and trauma patients.

Level 1 Trauma Services
The OR suite provides support for Level 1 trauma emergencies.  One room is available for trauma patients 24 hours a day. In accordance with provision for Level 1 trauma and 24 hour emergency surgery, adequate staffing for surgical services is maintained 24 hours per day, ensuring that one or more acute patients can be treated simultaneously.

Lasers: Debbie Bellino, RN, Laser Safety Education Resource Nurse
Services that use lasers:

  • ENT
  • Plastics
  • Urology
  • GYN
  • Podiatry
  • Retina, Eye
  • Types of Lasers:
  • KTP
  • CO2
  • Pulse Dye
  • Holmium
  • Argon
  • Yag

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday   
6:30 AM  to  3:00 PM         11-13 scheduled Rooms
3:00 PM  to  5:00 PM          5 rooms plus trauma 
5:00 PM  to 11:00 PM         2 rooms, plus trauma
11:00 PM   to 7:00  AM        1 room, plus trauma

6:30 AM to 3:00 PM           2 rooms, plus trauma

6:30 AM to 3:00 PM         1 room, plus trauma

6:30 AM to 3:00 PM        1 room, plus trauma

Staff Scheduling
The minimum staff assigned to each operating room is one RN and one scrub nurse.  Additional staffing is provided according to the nature of the procedure. The number of operating rooms running at any given time remains flexible according to the caseload demand and availability of surgical/anesthesia staff.

In addition to the staff available on site, the following personnel are available:
Cardiovascular        Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun, Holidays    (E), (N)    3 people
Orthopedic        Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun, Holiday    (E), (N)    2 people
Neurosurgery        Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun, Holiday    (E), (N)     2 people
Peripheral Vascular    Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun, Holiday    (E), (N)    2 people
Scheduling of Surgery Cases
Surgical Services utilizes the service block method for scheduling surgical procedures.  A service block provides effec-tive and economical utilization of Operating Room time to patients and provides all surgeons with an equitable opportunity to use the Operating Room.

Special Equipment

  • Robot
  • Integration of Video Equipment
  • Navigation System [Neurosurgery]
  • Microscope [Neurosurgery, Ear/Nose Throat, Plastic Surgery]
  • Power Injector [Endograft Procedure]
  • Mini C-Arm
  • Electronic documentation
  • PACs [Display radiology films]
  • Lasers
  • Pediatric Intubation Equipment with video
  • Ultrasound
  • Argon Beam coagulator
  • Non-invasive monitor for cardiac output and blood flow