The Board of Directors and Staff of Southampton Hospital are proud to announce the opening of the new Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart & Stroke Center. Audrey Gruss, President of the Audrey & Martin Gruss Foundation, said, “Martin and I felt it was important that our local hospital have the capability to conduct stroke and vascular distress intervention. Southampton Hospital is essential to all of us living in the East End and we are honored to be part of its quest for excellence.” Comments Hospital President and CEO Robert S. Chaloner, “We are very grateful to Audrey and Martin Gruss. Getting treatment as quickly as possible is critical to recovery. Our ability to provide sophisticated diagnostics and interventional treatment of stroke and vascular disease will save lives.”
Victor Famulari Architect, PC has created a state-of-the-art, contemporary facility within mostly existing space, and construction by E.W. Howell has taken place without interruption of hospital services. Additional space was created by taking the hallway that housed the Centennial exhibit and expanding that space north toward Meeting House Lane. The newly created corridor running along the stretch of exterior glass wall houses the updated and re-installed historic Centennial exhibit. The new exterior, while more contemporary in design, is on scale with the rest of the Hospital’s ground floor and its brick façade is harmonious with the Hospital’s existing building.
The design maximizes the opportunity for optimal ceiling height, efficient flow and spacious work areas for operating surgeons, anesthesiology, and nursing staff. An internal nurses’ station within the OR will enable patient flow through the daily procedure schedule and allow for visual control accessibility. A sterile core area services both the existing ORs and the two new ORs. The majority of surgeries that will be performed in one new OR will be orthopedic, bariatric and general surgery. A second new OR, a hybrid endovascular surgical suite for interventional treatment of stroke and vascular disease, includes a Siemens Healthcare Artis zeego, an angiography system with unprecedented flexibility. The industrial robot technology integrated in Artis zeego allows the physician to move its C-arm to almost any position around the patient, making it easier than ever before to visualize internal organs from various sides if, for example, tumors or vessel diseases have to be diagnosed. Some of the procedures that surgeons will be performing include arterial intervention and treatment of aneurysm and peripheral arterial disease, as well as cerebral vascular studies and interventions. The newest technology is ideally suited for endovascular surgery and many of these procedures and repairs can now be done through minimally invasive techniques. Adds Chaloner, “We have been fortunate to work with a very skilled team from design to construction of the Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart & Stroke Center. I would also like to congratulate Hospital staff members who have played key roles in seeing this enormous project to completion.”