197 - Academic Medical Center Journey to Pediatric Ambulatory Surgery Center
Description: Academic Medical Center Journey to Pediatric Ambulatory Surgery CenterOver the past 5 years Middle Tennessee has seen much population growth in and around Nashville and Davidson County, where Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is located. Some service lines faced long wait times for surgeries, this led to the conversation on starting a Big Box- surgery and clinic center in Rutherford County. Rutherford County is 30 miles south of Nashville and has one of the highest population of children age 4-18, and its population continues to grow. Our mission has been to serve people in their communities with the same high-quality care that is provided at the downtown medical center. A team was devised that consisted of administrative Director of the center, Periop leadership, Anesthesia leadership, the Vanderbilt Operational Services, IT and a host of other experts. The plans for the center were outsourced to an architectural firm that had experience in this type of design. The designs were approved by the leadership and construction began in late 2018. The Periop team was brought on board with planning in December 2018 to determine case mix, instrumentation and equipment needs.As the opening drew near, we planned for several day in the life simulations, to catch any items or processes that we may have inadvertently left off our list. These simulations provided insight into our new space and helped us to be ready to provide the best care in our new facility.It is not often that one has the opportunity to be involved in such a large-scale project, lessons were learned that have been implemented in other on-going projects. This was a great opportunity to provide care in other areas outside our community and have that community embrace our vision and mission by bringing their children to our center.