Services have expanded, and new technology and equipment has been added to Upstate’s Community Campus in the four years since Upstate University Hospital acquired Community General Hospital. Here are 11 additions to know about:
* Two types of specialized emergency care are available. The Golisano After Hours Program is for children through age 21. while Geriatric Emergency Medicine, or GEM Care, offers specially designed amenities and safety features for seniors. A 20-bed transitional care unit is available for medically complex seniors requiring ongoing physician oversight.
* A dedicated orthopedic PA program cares for patients undergoing surgery by physicians from Upstate Orthopedics and Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists. The Community Campus is the only site in the area to offer MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement procedures.
* Through a partnership with the Syracuse Community Health Center, many of the mothers who receive prenatal care at the center deliver their babies at Upstate’s Jim and DeDe Walsh Family Birth Center. Midwives from Upstate’s midwifery and gynecology program specialize in pregnancy care including perinatal care before, during and after childbirth, as well as care of the newborn.
* Specialty-trained anesthesiologists offer outpatient pain treatment services in the operating room.
* Upstate audiology services are offered within the hospital’s Patient Testing and Admitting area, and ear, nose and throat specialists have offices nearby.
* Urologists see patients at the Community Campus and make use of a urological surgery laser to precisely remove the obstructive portion of an enlarged prostate in its entirety. Surgeons also have access to a Da Vinci robot.
* Office visits, surgeries and follow up care for weight loss surgery takes place through the hospital’s bariatric surgery program, which is accredited as a comprehensive center. Such accreditation, granted by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Quality Improvement Program, indicates a proven track record in caring for a high volume of patients who have complicated medical conditions.
* A four-bed epilepsy unit includes digital monitoring equipment.
- An expanded vascular clinic and surgical services are available.
* Patient tables that accompany the 128-slice CT scanner accommodate pediatric, adult and bariatric patients.
* Looking ahead to 2016, construction is scheduled to be complete on a new cord blood bank that will store cord blood donations that may be used in treatment or for research. Senator John DeFrancisco secured a $15 million state grant to make the bank a reality.