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Forbes Hospital Opens Perioperative Center, Offering Advanced, Personalized Care for Surgery Patients

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

MONROEVILLE, Pa.  – Allegheny Health Network’s Forbes Hospital has completed its construction of a 55,000-square-foot, $17 million Perioperative Center that will expand the hospital’s capacity and improve the experience of patients undergoing surgical, gastrointestinal and cardiac procedures at the Monroeville campus.

From a renovated waiting room offering real-time patient care updates to family members via both a designated nurse and a digital board, to a state-of-the-art electrophysiology lab for advanced, minimally invasive cardiac procedures, to a greatly expanded facility for evaluating and treating gastrointestinal disorders, the new Perioperative Center offers patients and their families the most advanced, seamless and personalized care available, while also doubling the capacity of the Post-Acute Care Unit.

“Over our more than four decades of service to the greater Monroeville community, Forbes Hospital has continued to invest significantly in new capabilities and innovations to meet the changing and increasing health needs of our patients,” said Mark Rubino, MD, President of Forbes Hospital. “This amazing new Perioperative Center is just the latest example of the commitment that Forbes, AHN and Highmark Health have made to getting health care right in this community and to assuring that Forbes remains  the eastern suburbs’ most preferred and trusted provider of comprehensive, high-quality health care services.”

The new Perioperative Center’s electrophysiology lab is integrated with both AHN’s Atrial Fibrillation Clinic, a leading regional referral center for patients with heart rhythm disorders, and the Forbes Cardiac Catheterization Lab. It features nine private bays in the holding and recovery areas and is equipped to provide the latest innovative treatments for heart rhythm disorders. Overall the center adds 50 percent more patient care capacity to the hospital’s cardiac procedure area, addressing the growing demand for the hospital’s cardiovascular services.

“The new electrophysiology treatment center at Forbes is part of a fully functional operating room that sets a new standard in efficiency and patient experience,” said Amit Thosani, MD, AHN’s director of electrophysiology. “We are thrilled to be a part of this new facility and to offer the same kind of advanced care for heart rhythm disorders offered at AHN urban flagships in a suburban location convenient to many of our patients.”

Forbes’ new gastrointestinal (GI) suite offers patients access to advanced diagnostic procedures such as EBUS (endobronchial ultrasound) EUS (endoscopic ultrasonography) and bronchoscopy and includes a new recovery area with 21 private and semi-private bays.

The hospital’s ambulatory surgery center has also been expanded and renovated to accommodate Forbes growing outpatient surgery volumes and create a better overall experience for patients and families being cared for.  Another component of the Perioperative Center is an expanded and technologically advanced central sterile processing facility that will enable the hospital to more quickly clean and process surgical instrumentation.

The opening of the Forbes Perioperative Center is the second big facility investment at Forbes this year.  In February, the hospital cut the ribbon to a new $35 million, 63,000-square-foot cancer and imaging center. The first facility of its kind in Pittsburgh’s east suburbs, the center offers patients convenient access to closely coordinated, multi-disciplinary cancer and imaging care under one roof.