The 45,000 sq. ft. Grand Valley Surgical Center (Grand Rapids, MI) is one of the new freestanding outpatient surgical facilities spreading across the country. With 143 privileged physicians and highly experienced staff, Grand Valley provides same-day surgery in gynecology, orthopedics, ear/nose/throat, general, urology, hand/plastic, podiatry and ophthalmology using four fully equipped, specifically designed operating rooms (ORs).
Selecting the right equipment for the ORs was crucial. "After working with Arthur Anderson to develop procedures and an equipment consultant to develop a plan structure, we set criteria for each product we needed," said Linda Kirk RN, MPA, CNOR, surgical nurse manager at the center. " Then we set up our own vendor fair. We had vendors come in with their recommendations, and let our people see, touch, operate, and ask questions.
"We needed quality and flexibility backed by service," she continued. "Cost was measured by the value of the first three criteria."
"We chose Skytron surgical lights and tables," Kirk said. "We believed the products met our quality requirement—they had to work without question in a surgical OR.
"They also met our flexibility requirement, working with the tasks we perform. And Skytron and our local representative had proven they could meet our quick, responsive, continuity of personalized service requirements by their past performance at Butterworth Hospital [part of Spectrum Health]," she said. "Skytron's product cost wasn't the lowest but its relative value was the highest and together they gave us the best solutions."
The benefits of Skytron lights included the following, according to Kirk:
Skytron tables provided various benefits as well, Kirk maintains:
"We monitor how things work for us," said Kirk. "We're always looking to make sure our products and equipment are cost-efficient and cost-effective. This process is ongoing and part of our continuing effort to keep operations and medical costs at the most practical level."
As featured in the December 1998/January 1999 issue of Outpatient Care Technology (Reilly Communications Group publication, www.reillycomm.com)