Medical Center expanding its operating suites to meet the needs of the community.
MELBOURNE –― Melbourne Regional Medical Center broke ground today, Tuesday, March 10 for a surgical suite expansion. Local dignitaries joined hospital leadership, physicians and nurses as they drove their shovels in unity into the soil to commence the 35,293 square-foot expansion.
“The new surgical suites will provide surgeons and other clinicians with the space, tools and resources to deliver the highest quality medical care in Brevard County,” said Ron Gicca, Melbourne Regional Medical Center President. The single-story structure will initially include four surgical suites with room to expand for more in the future.
The state-of-the-art facilities will also include a centralized sterilization department with the latest equipment to prevent potential infections. In addition, newly designed post-operative areas will be integrated into the expansion, allowing for the most efficient and safest recovery environment for our patients.
The new construction will be an extension of the current 170,960 square foot Melbourne Regional Medical Center which was opened in 2002. Steward Health Care, the nation’s largest private, tax paying physician-led health care network took over operations in May 2017 and later that same year, the hospital was renamed.
The construction will commence today and will provide surgical suites that are 25-50% larger than the current operating rooms. The larger operating rooms allow for more cutting-edge equipment such as, advanced imaging, microscopes, tables and surgical robots to join the surgeon and staff during procedures.
Melbourne Regional is expanding due to the increase in surgical volume and space needed by the surgical team. “We are thankful for the continued support of the network physicians that choose our facility to perform their cases,” said Mr. Gicca. The expansion also allows us to be a potential future training site for other surgeons.
“This expansion is about expanding our ability to provide complex procedures with the most state-of-art environment, which means patients can get worldclass care right in the Melbourne,” Mr. Gicca said.
The new facility is being built by local contractor, RUSH Construction, Inc., of Titusville, FL. RUSH is an employee-owned general contractor with an extensive portfolio of projects, awardwinning safety program, and a management team dedicated to building structures that shape the future. Since 1984, RUSH has been a trusted general contractor, design-builder, and construction manager for the aerospace/aviation, defense, medical, commercial, and marine industry sectors.
The project will have minimal impact on patients and day-to-day operations of the facility through the construction phase since it takes place outside of the current hospital setting.
The Mission of Rockledge Regional Medical Center and Melbourne Regional Medical Center is to provide the highest quality health care with compassion and respect. Both hospitals are full acute care hospitals and includes a network of affiliates providing rehab services, wound care, laboratory services and assisted living.