Bartlett Regional Hospital plans to develop an orthopedic center, announced hospital CEO Shawn Morrow on Tuesday.
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"Bartlett Regional Hospital has a strong vision of achieving national recognition in orthopedics. The hospital's number one opportunity for growth within Juneau is orthopedics," Morrow said.
"For the time being the most prudent course of action is to pursue the creation of an orthopedic center of excellence that does not include an (ambulatory surgery center)," Morrow said.
Bartlett will commit about $2.2 million to develop an orthopedic center over the next two years. That includes a plan to improve resources for the Surgical Services Department, including a dedicated surgical suite for orthopedic services, a procedure room for pain management, renovations to the same-day-care reception area, an expanded short stay area and heavy emphasis on staff training, development, recruitment and retention.