Fernando Arbona, MD, anesthesiology clinical director at University Hospital East
University Hospital East is a full service 175-bed community-based hospital (558,505 sq ft) with 14 ORs, a 23-bed Intensive Care Unit, a 9-bed preoperative suite, and a 14-bed (plus 1 isolation bed) postoperative recovery suite. Purchased by OSU Medical Center in 1999, the hospital has a legacy of more than 100 years of caring for central Ohio. By 2001 University Hospital East had won excellent ratings from both the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and Anthem’s Hospital Quality Program Scorecard. Although the 16-story tower (278,717 sq ft) is the most noticeable landmark of the University Hospital East complex, other buildings include the Occupational Medicine Building, the North Wing (113,900 sq ft), the West Wing (includes the remodeled Emergency Room 70,452 sq ft), the West Annex, Wallace Auditorium, and Talbot Hall (57,102 sq ft).
With 21 specialties from Addiction Medicine to Vascular Surgery, University Hospital East is the home of the largest Sleep Disorders Center in Ohio and the Wound Care Center. The award-winning Wound Care Center is the only center to offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and other innovative therapies in central Ohio. The three major services at University Hospital East are Orthopedic Care, Family Medicine, and Emergency Medicine. In fiscal year 2005 there were 9,933 patient admissions, 95,633 outpatient visits, 35,203 Emergency Room visits, and 6,530 surgeries (orthopedic inpatient/outpatient 1,358/2,629). The remodeled Emergency Room was expanded to 25,000 square-feet with 26 private exam rooms and an enhanced radiology suite containing one the area’s most advanced computerized tomography scanners, which will expedite diagnostic imaging procedures, and many modifications to meet new Homeland Security requirements for disasters.