Cen­ter open­ing

Cleveland Clinic set to open Co­ral Springs sur­gi­cal cen­ter.

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - Front Page - By Ron Hurt­ibise Staff writer

With the count­down to open­ing at less than four days, work­ers streamed in and out of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s new­est South Florida fa­cil­ity on Thurs­day in­stalling and test­ing the fi­nal pieces of high­tech equip­ment.

On July 16, the clinic is sched­uled to open its three­story, 73,000-square-foot Co­ral Springs Fam­ily Health Cen­ter at the south­east cor­ner of North Univer­sity Drive and the Saw­grass Ex­press­way.

In­side, most of the pieces were in place and ready for use: large, nat­u­rally lit wait­ing rooms with care­fully cu­rated art on the wall — “shown to be ben­e­fi­cial for heal­ing,” said Ar­lene Allen-Mitchell, the clinic’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and me­dia.

Built for about $33 mil­lion and equipped for an­other $20 mil­lion, the fa­cil­ity is not a hos­pi­tal or trauma cen­ter, but an am­bu­la­tory sur­gi­cal cen­ter with 17 med­i­cal spe­cial­ties and imag­ing and di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices. It was de­vel­oped through a joint ven­ture be­tween the clinic and Jupiter-based Ren­d­ina Health­care Real Es­tate.

Ser­vices will in­clude gas­troen­terol­ogy, or­tho­pe­dic surgery, plas­tic and re­con­struc­tive

surgery, po­di­a­try, urol­ogy, sports health, hand surgery, gy­ne­col­ogy and breast surgery.

Clinic pa­tients will be re­ferred for dig­i­tal and 3D mam­mo­grams, CT scans, MRIs, ul­tra­sounds, gen­eral X-rays and flu­o­ro­scope imag­ing.

The cen­ter also in­cludes 40 exam rooms, 24 prep and re­cov­ery rooms, four state-ofthe-art op­er­at­ing rooms, with an­other two com­ing in the fu­ture.

They are big — 300 square feet each, with am­ple empty space sur­round­ing the op­er­at­ing ta­ble, anes­the­si­ol­ogy equip­ment, var­i­ous light and

power sources and di­ag­nos­tic equip­ment, and flat-screen mon­i­tors.

Juan Nogueras, the cen­ter’s med­i­cal di­rec­tor, said he has worked in smaller op­er­at­ing rooms “and this is much bet­ter.” He pointed out that a typ­i­cal surgery in­volves nu­mer­ous clin­i­cians — an anes­the­si­ol­o­gist, cir­cu­lat­ing nurse, scrub nurse, sur­gi­cal team and ad­di­tional equip­ment.

“In op­er­a­tions, it’s like an orches­tra,” he said. “There’s a rhythm to it,” with spe­cial­ized per­son­nel car­ry­ing out vi­tal tasks. “That’s why hav­ing space is im­por­tant.”


Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor Dr. Juan Nogueras shows off one of the op­er­at­ing rooms at the new Cleveland Clinic Florida Fam­ily Health Cen­ter in Co­ral Springs.

The $53 mil­lion Cleveland Clinic Florida Fam­ily Health Cen­ter is a 73,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity with 40 exam rooms, six op­er­at­ing rooms, 24 prep and re­cov­ery bays and imag­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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