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Carney Hospital preps new operating rooms

Posted by Cara Bayles  August 9, 2011 04:01 PM

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Dorchester's Carney Hospital has unveiled its new $10.2 million surgical suite, including three operating rooms and a post-anesthesia care unit.

The new facilities update operating rooms that date to the 1950s, according to Bill Walczak, the president at Carney Hospital. He added that the investment represents the benefit of having a private company like Steward Health Care, which took ownership of six hospitals in the Caritas Christi network last year, at the helm of community hospitals.

“Steward has made a decision to invest heavily in community hospitals with the understanding that’s where people would rather get their care, but in order to do that with confidence, they have to have modern facilities,” he said.

“Top notch facilities have tended to be downtown at teaching hospitals, where that kind of funding was available. This shows the community that you don’t need to leave your neighborhood to get really top notch care,” he added.

When the new facilities open, the hospital will boast seven operating rooms, but they will not open for patients until early September. Carney officials estimate the new facilities were toured by approximately 300 people, and they need to be thoroughly sterilized before they can be used. The recovery room will open sooner, within the next two weeks.


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