If a patient needs same day or short-term, in-patient surgery, MCH offers high quality, personalized medical care. There are over 15 surgeons who perform a wide range of surgeries and three assisting anesthesiologists. Demand for surgical services has increased over the years, especially in orthopaedics, which now represents 33% of all surgery at MCH. MCH also provides surgery in the areas of:
Perioperative Services is also responsible for some non-surgical procedures, such as colonoscopies, gastroscopies, and pain management injections.
Approximately twenty registered nurses and surgical technologists make up the clinical staff of Perioperative Services. This staff of highly-skilled and compassionate perioperative nurses are knowledgeable about the latest technologies and know how to operate high-tech equipment. Many of these nurses have lengthy tenures in the department.
Quality care is the first priority of this busy department and they must adhere to tight state and federal requirements. In addition to a stringent sterilization regimen, the department must comply with a lengthy list of environmental requirements. Measuring quality outcome is an important part of the department's numerous patient safety initiatives. For 2005, the NH Quality Care Web site, which provides data on standard quality measures, ranked MCH #1 out of 26 acute-care hospitals in the state for surgical infection prevention.