Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster to expand

April 18, 2013 by  

Fairfield Medical Center (FMC) in Lancaster, Ohio, is expanding to include a new surgery wing, according to comments by chief operating officer Howard Sniderman earlier this month.

The expansion is on schedule, though officials at FMC have not decided whether or not open-heart surgery facilities will be included in the new design. However, moving the heart surgery along with the other specialties would allow FMC to keep the whole surgery component together, anesthesiologists included. This decision is the last major hurdle before renovations can be completed.

Sniderman said he and other officials are asking for input from medical personnel before making a final decision. If the open-heart surgery is moved to the new area, additional considerations will have to be made, such as whether it will be necessary to put in an intensive care unit.

Sniderman discussed the expansion following FMC’s ‘State of the Center’ address, at which time hospital executives described the center’s successes in 2012, and what is ahead for the next year.

The expansion plans were announced in 2012, when it was revealed that the new wing will be located at the south end of the medical center, where it will connect the main building with the pavilion. The wing will comprise 11 operating rooms as well as 36 patient rooms. FMC has announced a goal of creating a hospital in which every room is private.

Sniderman and other FMC officials will want to bring patients to the facility, so they might consider working with brochure printers to create a piece, suitable for distribution and mailing, which describes the new wing and the facilities located within it.