Building Innovation from the Ground Up
Continuing a legacy of innovation established by its founder Eugene L. Jewett, MD, in 1936, Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic’s latest project — the new Physicians Surgical Care Center (PSCC) — is a collaboration designed to enhance patient care throughout the community while also increasing efficiency and reducing healthcare costs.
This 25,000-sq.-ft. outpatient surgery center going up adjacent to Jewett’s Winter Park clinic on Orange Avenue and scheduled to open by the end of the year is a partnership between Jewett physicians and Florida Hospital, Surgical Care Affiliates, JLR Center for Pain Medicine and The Ear, Nose & Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates. It replaces the current PSCC on Aloma Avenue which opened in 1993 and has been operating at capacity.
“For many years now, we have been the busiest multi-specialty outpatient surgery center in Central Florida,” explains PSCC Administrator Beth Davis. “In addition to outgrowing our current space, we needed a new facility that will handle the growing surgical shift from inpatient to outpatient procedures.”
Outpatient On the Rise
The new PSCC features six larger operating rooms to accommodate the equipment and technology needed to safely perform procedures previously available only in an inpatient setting, including simple spine surgeries like laminectomy and cervical disc fusions, as well as total joint replacements of the hip, knee and shoulder.
“Outpatient spine procedures alone have grown to nearly 300,000 a year from a mere 25,000 only 10 years ago,” says Davis. “And in the next 10 years, outpatient total knee procedures are expected to grow by 500 percent.”
Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic surgeon Craig Mintzer, MD, believes this shift to outpatient surgeries and the new facility designed to accommodate it will enhance the patient experience.
“Healthcare delivery continues to evolve and our goal is to provide the highest quality care in a more efficient and cost effective manner for our patients,” he shares. “The new surgery center will allow us to do just that.”
Specific features of the new PSCC include:
- Four new consult rooms to provide patients and families with more privacy
- A larger recovery room
- Neuro microscopes and 3-D video equipment to accommodate the increasing number of minimally invasive procedures performed
- Technology that allows the transfer of images and medical records directly to patients as well as physicians involved in their care, providing instant access to a patient’s most recent healthcare information
The new surgery center also houses two new 12-hour recovery rooms for patients undergoing procedures that require longer monitoring after surgery. On-site physical therapy will also be available to help get those patients up and moving before they leave the facility, further enhancing their recovery.
Not only is the PSCC project collaborative in scope, the medical partners involved also deliberately chose local companies to partner with on the construction. Robins & Morton and Hunton Brady Architects are leading the construction and design with financing provided by Fifth Third Bank and Siemens.
“We all call Central Florida home and we wanted local boots on the ground doing the work,” explains Dr. Mintzer. “The more local jobs we can create and the more we can drive the cost of healthcare down, we generate savings for patients and employers alike, and that is good for the community as a whole.”
The new PSCC is a critical piece of Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic’s ultimate vision and 18-month plan to create a complete orthopedic medical campus where patients can access everything they need — walk-in care for injuries, physician visits, physical therapy and surgery — all in one location.
Family Treating Families
“For almost 80 years, Dr. Jewett’s innovative spirit has guided us to always think of how we can enhance the care we provide our patients,” says Dr. Mintzer. “We know convenience is a critical element of the patient experience and we hope to have all of these pieces in place by the end of 2016.”
Davis believes Jewett and the new PSCC are on the right path. “I’ve worked with Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic since 1993 and it has been a great partnership. Their number one concern is always the patient and the quality of care provided.”
For Dr. Mintzer and his fellow Jewett physicians, serving and growing with the community is at the core of their mission.
“We’re a family treating families,” explains Mintzer. “That’s how we look at it. We’ve served generations of families in this community. They trust us to provide them with the very best and we want to be here to do just that for generations to come.”