February 27, 2019

MidState to invest millions in growing orthopedic operation

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MidState Medical Center in Meriden.

With surgeon recruitment sizzling and the number of orthopedic procedures on the rise, Meriden's MidState Medical Center wants to build three new operating rooms at a price tag of $26.2 million.

MidState, a member of Hartford HealthCare's network of acute care hospitals around the state, would have a total of 14 operating rooms, assuming its recent application is approved by the Office of Health Strategy (OHS).

Orthopedic-related surgeries at MidState have risen sharply over the past few years, from 1,327 in 2016 to a projected 4,163 this year. That's the result of recruiting 64 new surgeons, many of which are new to the market, since 2017. That same year, MidState also established the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute.

"The demand for operating room time is expected to significantly increase over the next 12-18 months as surgeons are on-boarded and their surgical volume ramps up," MidState officials wrote on Feb. 20 to OHS in a filing known as a "certificate of need."

The spike in surgeries has stressed operating room utilization, which is expected to exceed optimal thresholds this year, creating the potential for delays.

The project, to be financed through operating capital, includes construction, renovation and equipment.

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