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New Pre-Admission Testing Unit and Family Waiting Area Under Construction


Now that the Santagati Center is officially up and running, focus has turned to the completion of a new Pre-Admission Testing Unit and family waiting area on Lamprey 3—the final phase in the Surgical Services expansion and renovation project.

This phase of the project marks the end of more than three years of planning, design, demolition, and construction,” says David Spofford, RN, senior director of surgical services and outpatient procedures. “With all the focus on the Santagati Center and the Surgical Day Care Unit over the past year, many people may have lost sight that there’s still more construction to be completed.”

The new Pre-Admission Testing Unit, which is located in the space formerly occupied by the Surgical Day Care Unit, will be more than double its previous size. Designed to enhance patient flow and comfort, the new area features a large family waiting area, three registration bays, two physician consult rooms, administrative offices for the surgical schedulers and leadership team, and a technology-rich conference room that can also be used as a space for teaching.


“Having Pre-Admission Testing located next to the surgical center will greatly enhance patient flow,” says Traci Lavingne-Milnes, RN, clinical manager in Surgical Services. “The close proximity will improve 
communication between the schedulers and the OR staff and make it easier to plan and have team huddles.” Since May of 2016, Pre-Admission Testing has been located on the first floor of the Hamblet building to accommodate the construction project.

The spacious new waiting area on Lamprey 3 will provide families with a welcoming and comfortable space to relax while their loved one is in surgery. Featuring such modern amenities as a docking station to power cell phones and laptops and a refreshment bar stocked with water and coffee, the bright and airy new waiting room also offers ample privacy and a separate area for pediatric children.

“Having a large and comfortable waiting area puts family members at ease and makes them feel like they are being taken care of, too,” says Traci. “It also gives them more of an incentive to stay close at hand, which is important if the clinical staff has questions or needs to share information.”

The conference room in the administrative area of the new Pre-Admission Testing area features embedded video technology that is linked directly to the surgical suites in the Santagati Center allowing for remote observation of surgical procedures, which can be used for case reviews and real-time education.

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