State-of-the Art Surgical Care
As advances in medicine translate into new standards for diagnosis and treatment of our patients, the demand and need for the latest in technological "tools" continues to grow. In response to this demand, Stephens Memorial Hospital is expanding and enhancing its capability for endoscopies and minor procedures and increasing its ambulatory surgery space. Over 4,000 surgical procedures were completed in 2008.
In 2006, Western Maine Multi-Medical Specialists opened a surgery practice, Western Maine Surgery . Western Maine Surgery brought together the practices of Drs. Andalkar, Bean, and Story. Dr. Bean retired in September of 2006, and in 2007 Dr. Neilson joined the practice. Dr. Andalkar and Dr. Story retired in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Western Maine Surgery now consists of Dr. Robert Neilson and Dr. Robert Kahn, who joined the practice in 2008.
The Surgical Suite
Increasingly, surgery is provided on an outpatient basis. This trend, along with increased use of new diagnostic surgical procedures such as endoscopies has created a pressing demand for additional ambulatory surgery space. Renovations and new construction, completed in June of 2004 provided additional operating facilities that will allow our many specialists to meet this demand.
The Endoscopy and Minor Procedures Suite
Endoscopies and minor procedures, previously booked into the busy operating room area, now have their own space on the first floor. The move not only opens the operating room for more complicated surgeries, it also provides added space and technology for endoscopic studies and minor surgical procedures. This suite will encompass two procedure rooms and four patient areas for preparation and recovery, offering privacy and convenience for our patients.