Sebastian River Medical Center Opens New State-of-the-Art Expansion

New main entrance to Sebastian River Medical Center
New main entrance to Sebastian River Medical Center

Sebastian River Medical Center, a Steward family hospital, has completed its 90,000 square foot expansion project bringing together state-of-the-art technology, increased safety and features enhancing the patient care experience.

“At Sebastian River Medical Center, we understand that healthcare is ever changing and it is our responsibility to grow with the community, improve the delivery of healthcare and assure Treasure Coast residents they are receiving the latest treatments in a safe and compassionate environment,” Daniel Knell, Florida Market President, Steward Health, told Sebastian Daily.

After 55 years of serving Indian River County, the 90,000 square foot addition revitalizes healthcare services on the Treasure Coast, giving the community 48 private, new rooms and enhancing the overall patient and family experience.

The tower features a new entrance off Bay Street allowing for ease of patient drop off and pick up, a large lobby featuring a coffee shop with convenient access to a large registration area and outside courtyard, new pre-operative and post-operative patient bays, three new procedures rooms, and six large operating rooms – with a capacity to expand to eight – that can accommodate the latest technology assisting physicians and operating staff in delivering the highest quality of care.

New lobby at Sebastian River Medical Center
New lobby at Sebastian River Medical Center

Patient outcomes, privacy and safety are policies and processes established by hospitals, but they were also incorporated into the design and systems placed within the tower.

“The operating rooms have the latest Steris Integration System which offers physicians ultra-high definition detail and true 4K video and image resolution of surgical sites during surgery,” explains Ron Bierman, Chief Administrative Officer, Sebastian River Medical Center. “This technology will give physicians and operating room staff improved vision of the surgical site and therefore assisting in reducing complications and improving surgical outcomes.”

The surgical suite layout also offers an additional layer of privacy for our patients with a private physician/family consultation room located conveniently off the main lobby, and to further help the patient feel at ease after surgery, a dedicated patient elevator. The elevator will take the patient from the post-operation surgical bays directly to their private room.

New operating rooms at Sebastian River Medical Center
New operating rooms at Sebastian River Medical Center
New patient rooms at Sebastian River Medical Center
New patient rooms at Sebastian River Medical Center

“With the onset of COVID-19, hospitals had to take new and more advanced approaches to protecting our patients,” explains Bierman. “To enhance safety, we have placed the latest in sterilization systems in our facility. This system utilizes conveyor belts and a cart transport system during sterilization, minimizing human contact, and staging and storage of instruments is contained to one area. In addition, Sebastian River Medical Center has Tru-D Ultra-Violet C. This is a cleaning system utilizing low-pressure, mercury gas bulbs that emit a strong, narrow band of the UV-C light spectrum killing bacteria, spores and virus.”

The Treasure Coast community understands the impact of hurricanes and the impact on delivering timely and appropriate medical care. The new tower was designed to withstand a category 5 hurricane, ensuring the safety and continued care of our patients, staff and physicians during a hurricane.

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