Sparks Celebrates Anniversary, Opens Surgical Suites

(March 5, 2012) - Arkansas's first hospital is bringing another first to our community.

Sparks Health System is celebrating 125 years of service by debuting a state-of-the-art surgery area, unlike any other in the state.

The 44,000 square foot Surgery Department on the second floor of Sparks Regional Medical Center’s Renaissance Building features ten “smart” operating rooms with the latest surgical and technical equipment available. A grand opening ceremony was held for the area Friday, March 2. The first surgery is scheduled to be performed in the new operating rooms on Monday, March 5.

Other upgrades include a top-of-the-line surgical sterilization system, more modernized pre-op and patient recovery areas, new nursing stations and renovated waiting areas. Also, a new bridge connects the surgery area with the hospital’s patient floors for increased convenience in patient transport.

Arkansas Senator John Boozeman, Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack, Health Management Division President Joe Pinion, and several members of the Sparks surgical team helped cut the ribbon for the grand opening.

Sparks Surgical staff and guests gather for the ribbon-cutting.

Congressman Steve Womack watches a historical sketch during a tour of the new surgical suites.

Dozens of guests make their way through a tour of the new surgery area.

Dr. Shawn Moore shows off the Stealth Navigation equipment in a surgical suite.

Dr. JeanMarie Householder explains the benefits of the daVinci Surgical System to a group of tour guests.

Dr. Edward Rhomberg discusses MAKOplasty minimally-invasive knee and hip procedures to a tour group.