Holy Cross Hospital has remodeled existing space to provide a new Endoscopy Suite. This suite provides a dedicated area for endoscopy procedures offering patients convenience in a more comfortable environment. Procedures include outpatient colonoscopies and esophogusgastroduodenoscopies (EGD).

“Having an area designated specifically for these procedures allows our patients a more intimate environment,” says Deborah Cripps, RN, Endoscopy Suite Service Leader at Holy Cross Hospital. “Wait times are reduced by half with pre and post recovery times happening much faster because patients are not transferred between the surgery and recovery rooms. Now everything is done in one area.”

Before the Endoscopy Suite was built, patients needing procedures like colonoscopy, bronchoscope or EGD went through the same steps as a surgical patient. These steps added time and anxiety which stressed patient health. The new Suite takes that stress and anxiety away.

“Because wait times are half of what they used to be patients’ stress and anxiety is also reduced. Since opening over here, I have observed our patients are more relaxed: less anxious. They feel pampered because we are catering only to their needs as an endoscopy patient,” says Cripps. “Family members are also able to be with loved ones as soon as the patient’s procedure is completed.”

The Endoscopy Suite also creates more efficiency for the hospital. Providers are able to do more endoscopes more efficiently. There are also fewer interruptions because the Suite is self-contained, and because families can be with patients, the experience is more healing.

“By transforming existing space we’ve been able to save both time and money. We have four rooms that are specific for endoscopic procedures,” says Peter Hofstetter, CEO at Holy Cross Hospital. “The suite is more efficient for patients needing these procedures and we’re able to utilize our operating rooms for surgical procedures.” With the new Endo Suite, there is now a dedicated surgery room for emergency surgeries and a more consistent surgery schedule, which is good for our patients.

Endoscopy procedures are performed with a state of the art endoscopy or camera used to see inside the body. Holy Cross offers endoscopy procedures five days a week to meet the increasing needs of the community.