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Thank you to Mark Schwartz and Karen Pembroke for sharing the innovative new University of Rochester Medical Center Orthopaedics & Physical Performance Center (OPPC) in Henrietta, NY . Last week  I joined Kathy Wayre of Infection Prevention Partners and Dana Abramson, the Avidicare US representative to benchmark the successes of the innovations at the OPPC.  Starting with the adaptive reuse of a Sears store into an outpatient surgery center, the facility is a comprehensive regional orthopaedic care center including clinics, sports medicine and physical rehabilitation.  

This model could succeed in many cities struggling to redevelop declining commercial malls, as this investment serves as a new anchor tenant for health-based reuse.  Service lines such as orthopaedic, cardiac, neuro and cancer can serve local communities effectively and leverage existing buildings, infrastructure, transit and parking. A visit to the site demonstrates how the new mall anchor – healthcare – is already spurring adjacent property redevelopment as commercial and senior housing.

There is so much to learn from the new  OPPC at:


Inside the surgery center, URMC has championed improved patient outcomes, education, research  and employee safety and satisfaction with innovations such as the ultraclean Opragon ventilation system.  The first installation in the US, this technology is proven in Europe to reduce surgical site infections.  The Opragon provides ultraclean ventilation for the whole operating room as opposed to the bare minimum. This  has become more essential with advanced surgical procedures in both inpatient and outpatient environments.  At the OPPC, the Opragon was implemented effectively even when included late in the construction  process.  The construction team reports nominal changes needed to accommodate the innovation that was operational ahead of the baseline design. 

Overall, the OPPC is a model for future healthcare delivered closer to the customer in a comprehensive facility.


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