A ribbon-cutting ceremony June 9 celebrated the completion of a $25.4 million perioperative services expansion at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano—and marked the beginning of a new era in healthcare for Collin County residents. Four of the new operating rooms were designed specifically for orthopedic surgery, and the fifth for scoliosis and spine surgery.

Taking part in ceremony was Director of Perioperative Services Wanda Marshall, Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, Ken Jarvis, Texas Health Plano President Josh Floren, Betsy O’Briskie, Diana Lacombe, and Kent Taylor

Dr. Gary White, medical director of the hospital’s Level III trauma program, served as the physician leader of the project. With input from a team of physicians and hospital staff, the operating rooms were designed to include advanced technology needed for complex joint and spine surgery.

Among the top priorities included new audiovisual components. Operating rooms will now have audiovisual capabilities so surgeons can stream realtime footage from the operating room, making collaborations with specialists across the country. High-definition flat-screen monitors on the walls display radiology images during surgery. Also displayed on the walls are patient information systems showing patient data and lab reports.

Power booms lift surgical lighting, monitors, and other specialized equipment giving the rooms a sleek appearance free of cords. As White explained, “Operating rooms can easily start to look disordered, with a variety of devices, displays, carts and cords. With the integration of technology and the ergonomic operating room layout, the rooms are very open and streamlined, making it easier to care for the patient.”

The expansion added 27,000 square feet of space. Isador Lieberman, M.D., medical director of the Scoliosis and Spine Tumor Center at Texas Health Plano, said the new operating space will help meet the needs of our growing community quickly and effectively. “The expansion of the facility is going to help our patients get treatment and be back on their feet as soon as possible.”

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Cindy Boykin

Cindy Boykin has been writing for Plano Profile since 1997, serving as managing editor since 2005. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a master’s in journalism from the University of North Texas,...