Of the 7,500 hospitals in the U.S, as many as 4,500 of them could either be
in the midst of expansion or have experienced it in the last two years.
by Jeff Reinke
Surgical suite expansion is slowing, but continues to be a focal point for health- care providers.
In the U.S. there are just over 7,500 hospitals,
and based on findings from a recent Surgical
Products survey, as many as 4,500 of them
could either be in the midst of expansion or
have experienced some form of it in the last two
In assembling and evaluating the results,
Surgical Products focused on the significant
amount of construction/expansion taking place
at hospitals, a shrinking number of surgical centers, and clinics around the country. We asked
our readers what types of investments were
being made and how these expenditures will
impact their surgical capabilities. The survey’s
key findings follow.
A Closer Look
When asked about recent expansion projects,
nearly 60 percent of respondents said they have
seen expansion construction take place at their
facility within the last two years. Additionally,
almost half are currently in the midst of such a
project and over 62 percent stated that expansion will take place sometime over the next three
years. All of these numbers represent slight
decreases from one year ago.
In looking at individual responsibilities, 58
percent of those responding had input before
construction began or during the expansion
process. This includes product selection and
Respondent comments pointed to the most
significant investments being geared toward
constructing more operating rooms, general
infrastructure upgrades, accommodating specific technologies or equipment, and growing
ER capabilities. Of note, respondents saw fewer
dollars being spent on administrative space and
outpatient procedure ORs, in comparison to
last year’s survey.
When asked about which area of their expan-
sion project received the most funding:
-- 67 percent said monitoring equipment.
-- 63 percent said lighting.
-- Booms and communication tools were also
cited by more than half of respondents.
When asked about the most significant surgi-
cal benefit that has been realized as a result of an
expansion project, or is projected to be realized
following completion of their facility’s expan-
-- 53 percent cited improved visualization
technology, such as monitors, lighting, etc.
-- 54 percent look forward to improved post-op patient care resources.
-- 41 percent feel that the implementation of
new, less invasive surgical capabilities are or will
be the greatest benefit.