Orem Community Hospital is expected to set a record for the number of surgeries performed in the hospital in 1990.
Operating Room Manager Marcia Thomas said the number of surgeries for 1990 is expected to be 15 percent higher than 1989. In only one other year, 1988, were there more than 1,000 surgeries at the community hospital, when 1,050 surgeries were performed.Peter G. Scott of Orem was the hospital's 1,000th surgery patient this year. His surgery was performed by orthopedic surgeon James Steel on Nov. 13.
Performing 1,000 surgeries a year is not unusual for Utah's larger hospitals, said Thomas, but for a smaller hospital like Orem Community, it is significant.
The hospital has four operating rooms, a seven-bed recovery room and a six-bed, same-day surgery suite.
More than half the surgeries at the hospital are minor surgeries done on a same-day basis. Same-day surgery means the patient is admitted the day of surgery and released the same day.
Complex surgeries, such as total-hip or knee-joint replacements are performed, as well as general, gynecological, plastic and ear-nose-throat surgery. No brain or heart surgery is performed at the hospital.