Northern Hospital opens surgery center


First Posted: 6/23/2009

After 18 months of construction the 58,000-square-foot expansion of the hospital was opened to the public for tours and questions. Hundreds of visitors came out to see the new surgical wing of Northern Hospital of Surry County Tuesday afternoon after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The facility houses four operating rooms, a cystoscopy room, a nine-bed Post-Anesthesia Care Unit and a day-surgery area designed for patient comfort.
Nicole Ducouer, WXII Channel 12 reporter, was the master of ceremonies for the ribbon cutting. She said it was an honor to introduce The Operating Rooms of the Future.
Mayor Pro-Tem Todd Harris thanked hospital CEO Bill James for his efforts in the expansion at the facility.
You have helped in improving life for us, our children and generations to come, Harris said.
County Commissioner Paul Johnson gave a short speech just before the ribbon cutting.
What a great day to be in Surry County. Many passers-by have seen the construction of the new facility, but now the hospital is ready to unveil what awaits patients inside this great facility, Johnson said. On behalf of the county commissioners and all the citizens of this fine county, I want to commend the hospital for this tremendous accomplishment. They have always been here for me and my family, and I know they will be here for you.
Lee Merritt, chairman of the hospitals board of trustees, also spoke at the event.
We are very excited about this addition and where we are going in the future. This is the sixth expansion that weve had at the hospital since it opened in 1957. We want the community to know the future has become a reality here at Northern Hospital of Surry County. The hospital is on the cutting edge of technology, and it brings this closer to providing excellence of service, right here in our hometown, Merritt said.
James thanked the crowd for coming to the ribbon cutting and open house during his speech.
We have spent several years in planning every square foot and square inch of this project. We are very proud to be able to showcase it today. What you are going to see today is state-of-the-art technology. Our operating rooms are now all digital, integrated with all of the systems throughout the hospital. This is going to be a benefit to everyone who comes in contact with it. This project truly fulfills a commitment that Northern Hospital has to deliver the best in health care, James said.
James explained that volunteers and auxiliary members at the hospital raised money to supply the furnishings and the paintings inside the new wing, as well as a new exterior sign for the hospital.
Volunteer Marilyn Lamm, who greeted guests as they exited the tour, said that all of the comments she heard yesterday were positive.
They say its wonderful. Its spacious. They are all very impressed with it, they just dont hope they will have to use it, Lamm said with a smile.
Following his tour of the new facility, Johnson said he was impressed with the hospitals expansion.
I think it is a very nice, state-of-the-art facility. Its probably something that local citizens will consider using if they need it rather than going 30 miles down the road. I know I will, Johnson said.
The first operations at the new facility will be performed on Monday.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.

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