The new surgical suite for women is starting to take shape

ROME- Rome Health celebrated the start of construction on its new women’s surgical suite with a signing ceremony on Tuesday to also help honor the hospital’s 135th anniversary.

The new dedicated suite is being built next to the maternity ward on the facility’s fourth floor at 1500 N. James St. The majority of the $3.9 million capital project is being funded by the investment of $3 million from Oneida County in US federal bailout law. funds (ARPA).

Rome Health names the new suite after two longtime local obstetricians/gynecologists, Dr. Ankur Desai and Dr. Lauren Giustra.

“We are grateful to County Executive Anthony Picente for helping Rome Health ensure the best maternity care is easily accessible to women in Rome and surrounding rural communities,” said Rome Health President/CEO, AnneMarie Czyz, EdD., RN, NEA- BC.

“The county’s investment will help us accelerate our plans to expand access to the best care there, here in Rome,” Czyz said.

Hospital officials said Drs. Giustra and Desai have made a lifelong commitment to Rome Health as chief medical officers of the hospital’s medical staff and members of the boards of the hospital and the Rome Health Foundation. Doctors have also helped advance quality health care for the community through their philanthropic support of the Rome Health Foundation for several years.

“We are pleased to announce that the Women’s Surgical Suite will be named in honor of Dr. Lauren Giustra and Dr. Ankur Desai, two obstetrician/gynecologists who have served this community since opening their practice in Rome is over 25,” says Czyz. “Throughout their careers, Drs. Giustra and Desai have maintained a strong focus on delivering the highest quality care to those we serve.

Rome Health Foundation executive director Chester W. DiBari III said the foundation is grateful to Drs. Giustra and Desai for their “generous partnership” with them in supporting the mission to provide quality health care with compassion.

“In addition to their philanthropic investments over the years, they have generously donated their time and expertise to have a lasting impact on the delivery of care in this community,” DiBari said.

Construction of the new C-section suite is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023. Approximately 2,000 square feet of existing space will be renovated and converted into a modern surgical suite adjacent to the maternity ward for increased patient safety. The project will also provide additional capacity for the growth of general surgery departments by freeing up one of the hospital’s four operating theaters on the first floor.

Although the hospital’s C-section rate is better than the state average, Rome Health’s overall obstetrics volume increased 28.5% between 2020 and 2021, with the hospital designated as one of only two “best maternity hospitals” in the state. In 2021, 744 babies were born at Rome Health.

Christine E. Phillips