SAN DIEGO - (Feb. 8, 2010) Commander, Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), Rear Adm. Christine M. Bruzek-Kohler and Capt. Dana Covey, chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery, cut a ribbon in tandem to officially re-open NMCSD’s Orthopaedic department after beginning its reconstruction Feb. 2008. The four-phased, $2.5 million renovation project is designed to enhance each patient’s clinical experience. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Berenguer / Released)
SAN DIEGO - (Feb. 8, 2010) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Thomas E. Payne assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68), has his fractured ankle evaluated using a bedside X-ray in Naval Medical Center San Diego’s (NMCSD) newly renovated orthopaedic department. NMCSD’s orthopaedic department officially reopened Feb 8. NMCSD’s orthopaedic department began its reconstruction Feb. 2008. The four-phased, $2.5 million renovation project is designed to enhance each patient’s clinical experience in the best possible environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Berenguer / HIPAA Complete)
By Lt. Cmdr. Charles Craven, staff Orthopaedic Surgeon and Lt. Cmdr. Shelley Benfield, Division Head, Dept of Orthopaedics
SAN DIEGO (February 8, 2010) - Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) re-opened the newly-renovated Orthopaedic Surgery department during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 8.
One of the busiest outpatient specialty clinics in the Department of Defense, the Orthopaedic Surgery department performs more than 2,900 surgical cases and records more than 42,000 outpatient visits per year. Staffed with 17 orthopaedic surgeons, 25 orthopaedic residents and interns, three podiatrists, six physician assistants and more than 50 support staff, the clinic serves beneficiaries from every branch of the military.
The four-phased, $2.5 million renovation project began in February 2008 and was completed in June 2009. The project was designed to enhance each patient’s clinical experience and to provide up-to-date care in the best possible environment. During the renovation, more than 17,000 square feet of space was completely refurbished to include new floors, completely remodeled exam rooms, a comfortable lobby and waiting area as well as several flat screen televisions for patient viewing.
“I was a patient here before the renovation and it is definitely much more comfortable. I really enjoy being a patient here,” said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Cassandra Peacock.
An additional orthopaedic library and conference room were also added during the renovation. The new conference room is one of the many fully functioning video-teleconference equipped conference rooms at NMCSD. The 800 square-foot space features four large flat screen monitors with integrated video capability into surgical suites in the main operating room as well as direct video feeds to off-site branch medical clinics, providing a valuable educational resource. The robust orthopaedic library houses the latest orthopaedic journals and books that provide resident and staff physicians access to current and applicable information in a convenient location.
“This space truly represents the pinnacle in educational meeting spaces,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tony Riccio, who headed the library refurbishment. “This library not only allows for maximal visibility of all didactic presentations but also visually links our learning environment to the hospital’s operative suites and surgical training laboratory, making training available to all residents and staff simultaneously. This creates a true community of orthopaedic learning.”
The newly-renovated Department of Orthopaedic Surgery facility offers a modern, comfortable clinic experience for NMCSD patients as well as a robust resource for orthopaedic education.
For more information on NMCSD’s Orthopaedic Surgery Department visit: http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcsd/Patients/Pages /OrthopedicSurgeryClinic.aspx