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St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Operation Room Quick Facts

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

  • Started demolition of 95-97 Campus Avenue building on February 2, 2010.
  • Going to occupy new space on Tuesday, February 1, 2011
  • $23.8 million dollar project, includes cost of moving offices from old building and renovating their new spaces, renovating existing spaces, and new construction
  • Square footage stats – Total new construction area – 22,878 sq ft
  • Surgeons at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center perform an average of 5,200 surgeries annually equaling 5,800 surgical hours.
  • The most common surgeries we perform:
    • 1,559 cataract surgeries
    • 806 orthopedic surgeries
    • 578 OB/GYN surgeries
    • 430 general
    • 321 neurosurgeries
  • The longest surgery we’ve ever performed at St. Mary’s was a reconsructive plastic surgery case that lasted 23 hours.
  • The shortest surgeires are Pediatric cases that last about 10 minutes.
  • Our OR nursing staff has over 575 years of experience between – Pre-admission Testing, Day Surgery, Operating Room, PACU, and Central Sterile.
  • Patients can go home the same day after having their gallbladder out when years ago you used to stay in the hospital 7 to 10 days.
  • More than 60% of surgeries are now performed on an outpatient basis.
  • Ether used to be the most common anesthesia given until safer, less toxic anesthetics where developed.

Drop by our Open House today between 9:00 am and noon!  Tours will begin in our Main Lobby, 93 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine.  Hope to you see there!

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Operating Room Fun Facts

Friday, January 21st, 2011
  • Started demolition of 95-97 Campus Avenue building on February 2, 2010
    Going to occupy new space on Tuesday, February 2, 2011
  • Used all local contractors/subcontractors for construction
    • Hebert Construction
    • Electrical Systems of Maine
    • Royal Flooring
    • Charlie Roberts Masonry
    • Morin Brick
    • Cumberland County Glass
    • St. Laurent – Site contract
    • Mike Gotto – Site design and permitting
    • SMRT – Architects (design architect born at St. Mary’s)
    • Allied Engineering
    • Becker Structural Engineering
  • More than 100 trades people working at any given time
    Employing Lewiston/Auburn/Maine people
  • Meets Maine Advanced Building Design standards set by Efficiency Maine
  • Received $75,000 from Efficiency Maine to install energy efficient products
  • Building standards keep in line with our Energy Star rating  – first hospital in Maine to earn the distinction
  • Flooring made of recycled materials, doe not require stripping or the use of toxic chemicals for cleaning/upkeep
  • Hallway connecting Lobby to 99 Campus Avenue Building is the future site of our “Wall of History” from the establishment of the hospital by the Grey Nuns in 1888 to the present.
  • Brick patter on the exterior is based on the bar code for St. Mary’s.
  • Granite on building come from Maine.
  • Street was 42 fee wide, now is 28 feet wide.  We narrowed the road in order to “calm” traffic to make it safer for pedestrians to cross the street.

Join us at our Open House on Saturday, January 22 between 9 am and noon.  Tours will start in the main lobby, 93 Campus Avenue, Lewiston.  Light refreshments will be served.

Open House at the St. Mary’s Operating Rooms

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011



The new Operating Rooms at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston are just about to open. But, before they do, we’d like to give you a behind-the-scenes view of the technology and advances that make this space so unique.

Highlights of the new OR include:

  • (6) 650 Square Feet Operating Rooms. That’s more than 250 square feet larger than our  previous OR. This allows for greater flexibility of movement and future accommodation of equipment.
  • Two Ambulatory Procedure Rooms
  • 3 high definition monitors to view stored images, intraoperative images, and images from the pathology lab simultaneously.
  • New technology may shorten the length of a surgery. A more efficient surgery means less time under anesthesia and reduced risk of infection, hypothermia, and other complications.
  • A contemporary ventilation system, including an “air curtain” greatly reduces the risk of infection.

Join us Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 9am to noon. Please meet in the Main Lobby at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, 93 Campus Avenue, Lewiston. Light refreshments will be served. Game giveaways are available on a first-come first-served basis.

PeriOperative Nurses Week

Friday, November 5th, 2010

November 8 through 14, 2010 marks the celebration of PeriOperative Nurses Week, an annual commemoration of the surgical nurses’ important role and commitment to safe patient care. The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), a 41,000 member strong organization with state and local chapter nationwide, supports perioperative registered nurses in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.

Perioperative nursing is a specialized area of nursing practice. As a fundamental member of the surgical team, the perioperative registered nurse works in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, which may include the surgeon, anesthesia provider, surgical assistant, and other assistive personnel. The perioperative registered nurse provides nursing care to surgical patients preoperatively, intra-operatively, and postoperatively, and often in the role as circulating registered nurse.

Perioperative nursing requires a unique and highly-specialized skill set gained from specialized training and education. As a perioperative nurse at St. Mary’s, our nurses are responsible for planning and directing all nursing care for patients who undergo invasive surgical procedures, and they serve as the patient’s advocate while they are powerless to make their own decisions.

If you or someone you love had a surgical procedure here at St. Mary’s, the perioperative RN was directly responsible for you or your loved one’s well-being throughout the operation. While all of the other well-qualified medical professionals are focused on their specific duty, the perioperative RN focuses on the patient. By employing their critical thinking, assessment, diagnosing, outcome identification, planning, and evaluation skills, the RN circulator directs the nursing care and coordinates activities of the surgical team for the benefit of the patient. 

Tidbits about our perioperative nurses at St. Mary’s:

• Our staff includes 26 nurses with over 475 years of experience
• We have 6 nurses certified in their specialty
    – 1 CAPA (Certified Ambulatory PeriAnesthesia)
    – 5 CNOR (Certified PeriOperative Nurses)
• Surgical Specialties include:
               Neurosurgery             Orthopedics
               Ophthalmology           General/Thoracic Surgery
               OB/GYN                      ENT/Dental
               Podiatry                      Genito-urinary

Please thank our wonderful perioperative nurses this week!

Denise Timberlake RN, BSN, CNOR