Norton Community Hospital plans to open $14 million surgical suite


NORTON, Va. - The Norton Community Hospital board of directors recently approved a $14 million construction project for a 17,000 square foot surgical suite that, upon completion, will be the largest and most modern in the Lenowisco health district of Southwest Virginia. “As chair of Norton Community Hospital’s board of directors, I am pleased to announce to our community that a new surgical suite at Norton Community Hospital will soon be a reality,” said Charles “Jibber” Ward, NCH board chair. “We were eager to renovate our operating rooms, but the opportunity to completely build a new surgical suite addition to NCH for relatively the same cost was a chance to change the project from good to great.” Mark Leonard, MSHA vice president and CEO of NCH, said, “The new surgical suite will consist of four fully equipped operating rooms and three additional specialized rooms for endoscopy and urology. Other notable features include a new central sterile department, a spacious, six-bed recovery room, and a covered entrance for quick and easy patient access. This suite will provide our surgical patients with an environment that will rival any larger hospital and equip our surgeons with the best in surgical technology on the market today.”

Dr. Luciano D’Amato, general surgeon with Southwest Surgical Clinic, added, “I’ve been doing surgeries at NCH for over 20 years, which equates to a lot of time in the operating room and to a lot of surgeries. I am very excited about the brand new surgical suite and being able to take care of my patients in such a state-of-the-art environment. The new suite will meet our surgical needs now and for many years to come.”

Construction on the new NCH surgical suite will begin in November 2011 and be completed in November 2012.

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