About MCH Surgery
MCH surgery teams perform 1,800 surgeries a year in the following areas:
- Ear nose & throat
maintain state of the art laproscopic and arthroscopic imaging equipment, used both for diagnostics
and during surgery, and provide:
- General Surgery Unit, 4 operating room suites
with recovery rooms
- Post Anesthesia Care Unit/ Recovery Room, 6 beds
- Medical Surgical Nursing Unit, 40 beds with telemetry with 8 private rooms
- Intensive/Cardiac/Surgical Care Unit, 6 beds
Unlike most small hospitals, MCH also
performs total hip and total knee replacements, as well as some high surgeries. We provide:
- Upper endoscopies
- Esophogeal motility studies
- ECTs - electroconvulsive therapy
- Blood transfusions
- Iron infusions
- Tilt tables
- Heart catheterizations in conjunction with with Saint Vincent Health
Why you want to consider
MCH offers a number of advantages for your surgery:
- We maintain smaller Operating and Emergency departments, so you have less waiting time and
receive more personal and specialized attention.
- Our role as a teaching hospital, our
orthopedic and psychiatric residency programs, and our relationship with LECOM, and the
accessibility of psychiatric create advantages for our patients of excellent staff to patient
ratios and accessible consultations.
- In most hospitals, when a doctor requests a
consultation, the specialist is required to answer within 24 hours. At MCH, consults can occur
within 10 minutes.
- You can recover at your own pace. We don't force our patients to
leave immediately. If your surgeon determines it necessary to deal with pain issues, we can keep
you for 23-hour observation.
- The fall rate of our patients is lower than at any other
local hospital, and we believe our infection rates are lower than at other hospitals.
- Parking is customer-friendly, free, and close to the entrance.Handicapped parking is truly next
to the entrance, not across streets or on upper levels.
- Thanks to our excellent
housekeeping team, our facility is very clean.
- Our Intensive Care Unit provides a
state of art patient monitoring system, and larger than average ICU rooms. Uniquely, 4 rooms have
their own bathrooms.
What to know
We provide inpatient and outpatient surgeries in the same facilities.
- Surgeries are available Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4 pm.
- The outpatient
surgery area is open from 6:30 am to 7 pm.
- We have a surgical team on call 24/7.
Your surgeon will provide you with detailed information about your surgery.
Most of our surgery patients come into MCH one week prior to surgery to our Pre-operation testing
area. Their surgeon's office will schedule the date. If your surgeon requests this, we will be able
- Complete any necessary blood work, chest x-rays, EKGs, and verify
- Give specific instructions about
- What to eat
prior to your surgery
- What clothing to wear and bring
medications to take
- How long you will be here
- If you have visited our Pre-op testing area, you can by-pass Admissions on the day of your
surgery. Simply come in the main entrance and you will be directed to the OR.
the Surgery department main number, 814-868-8204 the day before your surgery to learn your
scheduled arrival time, which is generally 1 to 2 hours in advance of your scheduled surgery.
If your surgeon has not scheduled you for our Pre-op testing area:
- When you
call for your arrival time, the nurse will provide you with any relevant food, clothing, medication
or other instructions in preparation for surgery.
- On your day of surgery,
please enter through the Emergency entrance for Admissions
Pre-operative teaching is
undertaken by the surgeon, Anesthesiologist and Nursing.
A family waiting room is
located directly outside the unit doors. Immediate family visitation is liberal, but is based on
client diagnoses and treatment needs.
Following surgery, each patient is taken to the
recovery room for a minimum of 30 minutes. Once the patient is stable, he/she is returned to the
original room to recover until ready to go home. Once patients meet any criteria established by
their surgeon plus basic discharge criteria (pain is under control, they are able to void, have a
ride, have all questions answered), the nurse in charge will discharge the patient.
you experience a problem after discharge, call your surgeon or if the issues is extreme, come to
the MCH ER.