The VIPs of the Operating Room

If you think the phrase above refers to our surgeons, you’re wrong. The very best surgeons never lose sight of this simple fact: The most important person in any operating room is the patient.

That’s why, by the time you reach a Hurley operating room, our surgeons will be experts in your case. They will have consulted with colleagues, discussed every possible angle of the procedure with you and their team, and are ready to put their trauma-level skills into action if necessary. They’ll probably know your favorite ice cream flavor too, or that you never miss card club on Thursdays. These are the essential details Hurley Medical Center surgeons keep in the back of their minds as constant reminders of why they’re here.

Our Surgeons = Trauma Surgeons

We make it a priority to attract nothing but the best to Hurley Medical Center. Our reputation as a teaching hospital helps with that. The variety of cases and patients ensures that all the up-and-coming surgeons can’t help but consider joining our pool of surgical talent. They know it won’t be easy. They’re not looking for easy- just an opportunity to join an exceptional team at a certified Level I trauma facility.

Our acute care surgeons are board-certified in a range of surgical disciplines and can treat a broad spectrum of cases. Recognized as leaders in their specialties, they are dedicated to delivering the best outcomes possible for every patient.

What Don’t They Cut? Corners.

We’re firm believers in protocol. On The Big Day, you might notice the medical staff asks your name and date of birth quite often. Please see this for what it is, a proactive measure to provide you with the best care possible. This mandatory procedure allows your surgeon to keep his or her thoughts firmly fixed upon the task ahead.

Whether you’ve had numerous procedures or are a first-timer, Hurley Medical Center’s surgical teams are trained to put your mind at ease. Our physicians consult with patients and their families before surgery and maximize every effort to ensure they are fully aware of what the procedure entails. Staff is on hand to manage the patient’s care in the office and to help develop a plan of care tailored to meet the individual needs of each and every patient. This plan helps keep everyone well-informed at every step in the process.

Have These Items Handy on the Day of Surgery

  • Insurance cards
  • Picture ID
  • A list of medications you’re taking
  • A list of all known allergies (including latex, if applicable)
  • All x-ray, ultrasound or MRI films if the testing was not done at Hurley
  • If you wear glasses, contacts and/or dentures, remove them before you are taken to surgery Do NOT bring:
  • Cell phones
  • Laptops or tablets
  • Any type of jewelry

All personal items including cell phones stay behind when you head off to surgery. Please designate someone as a keeper of these items, perhaps the friend or family member who accompanied you to the hospital. It’s always a good idea to bring a trusted friend or family member to the appointments leading up to your procedure, as well. They can provide emotional support and act as your “wingman” (or “wingwoman”) to help keep track of details and ask questions you might not have thought of.

Here’s the section where we usually list all the surgeries we perform. Then it occurred to us that when it comes to telling prospective patients what we can do, the better question is: What can’t we do?