The Tower, Rush's new hospital building, not only provides patients with a comfortable and attractive facility. It also offers a new, improved way of providing patient care. Rush is one of just three medical centers in the country — joining Johns Hopkins and UCLA — to incorporate a leading-edge concept called an interventional platform, which puts waiting, procedure and short-term recovery areas for patients receiving inpatient and outpatient interventional services within a short distance of each other.
"One of the most important benefits of the interventional platform is the proximity of the procedure rooms," says Tony Perry, MD, a geriatrician and clinical transformation officer at Rush. "If an unexpected complication arises during an interventional procedure, we can move the patient directly to an operating room and complete the procedure, rather than postpone it and start all over again later."
"The interventional platform combines Rush's commitment for providing the highest quality care with an excellent patient experience," adds Perry. "We're proud that Rush will join an elite group of hospitals that are providing this patient-focused approach."
Treatment From Head to Toe
Interventional services comprises open and minimally invasive surgical and diagnostic procedures that involve a medical instrument entering the body, including the following:
The interventional platform, which occupies three floors, keeps with the commitment to standardization that was made throughout the new hospital. "Monitors are standardized, and floors are very similar in layout," says Kenneth Tuman, MD, chairperson of the Department of Anesthesiology and medical director of surgical services at Rush. "When you need to react quickly to a medical situation, the more standardization you have, the less you have to sort through to drill down to the issue."
Getting More Out of the OR
In addition, the interventional platform operating rooms (OR) are large enough to accommodate equipment for current and future advanced techniques, such as microsurgery and robotics, as well as a large team of clinical personnel that may be needed for more complex procedures. An audio-visual system will connect all the ORs to each other and to other departments at Rush, enabling greater collaboration to improve patient care.
"If the surgical team encounters something unexpected, physicians inside and outside the OR will be able to look at medical images together and consult in real time during procedures," Perry says.
Bringing Patient, Family and Care Closer
Each floor also will include patient preparation and recovery rooms. Patients who receive any of these services will register, be prepped for their procedure and undergo the procedure all on the same floor.
During procedures, family and friends can wait on the same floor in one of the family lounges, which are located on each level of the interventional platform. Each lounge includes electronic patient status boards that provide information about the progress of a patient’s procedure, using naming codes to protect patient privacy.
"Locating these rooms near each other minimizes the time and distance patients and their loved ones spend moving from place to place, reducing stress and strain during a vulnerable period," Tuman says. "It also promotes more efficient care, quality outcomes and patient safety."