Grace Medical Center is equipped to handle a wide range of surgical procedures, with a specific focus on general, vascular, thoracic, urology, ophthalmology, podiatry, orthopedic, gynecology and endoscopy and gastrointestinal procedures.  

The surgical services team consists of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and technicians.  The surgery department is designed for optimal patient flow between areas to enable caregivers to provide enhanced patient care and help patients move through the surgical process safely and efficiently.  

What Patients Should Know Before Their Surgery

Posting/Scheduling and Preadmission 
Once your procedure has been scheduled, the Pre-Admission Testing department will contact you within a few weeks of your surgery to review your history, obtain a list of medications, and discuss additional tests needed prior to your surgery. You will also receive instructions for the day of surgery, including when and where to register that morning. 

On the morning of surgery, registration usually takes place at least one hour prior to your procedure. Once you are registered, a nurse accompanies you to the pre-operative area, where you will meet your anesthesiologist and surgeon, and an intravenous line will be started if needed. 

A team of anesthesiologists works with anesthesia technicians and certified registered nurse anesthetists to ensure the safe and proper administration of anesthesia and to maintain the required equipment, instruments and materials. 

Operating Room 
You are escorted by the operating room nurse to the operating room, where a skilled surgical team ensures the highest level of care throughout your procedure. Each surgery team typically includes a surgeon, anesthesiologist, surgical technologist, registered nurse and physician's assistant. 

Once the procedure is complete, the patient is escorted by the anesthesiologist to the PACU or Post Anesthesia Care Unit, where staff help to manage pain and the effects of anesthesia and monitor patients' vital signs. Patients remain in the unit until vital signs are stable and they have fully recovered from the effects of anesthesia. Patients return to their unit or may be transferred to a more appropriate unit.