NOMC eyes robotic surgery as it looks to future (VIDEO)

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 06:26 PM.

The two-story Patient Tower, which opened in 2011, allows north county treatment of diseases and injuries that a few years ago required patients to travel to Fort Walton Beach, Pensacola or out of state.

Its expanded Intensive Care Unit and accompanying Step Down Unit have enhanced emergency care services. A heart catheterization laboratory, with twin labs flanking a central control room, offers services that once required sending patients by ambulance to an out-of-town facility.

The four story provides routine X-rays, lab work, physical therapy and other outpatient services through a facility that NOMC shares with Sacred Heart Medical Center of Pensacola. Primary care clinics in Baker, Crestview and DeFuniak Springs provide similar services without the time and expense of hospital admission.

The hospital’s next goal is to attain national certification for its chest pain and stroke centers to offer primary stroke and primary cardiac intervention.

"We are moving to being the place that people think about when they have a cardiac issue," Fuller said.

Linking information technologies

On the technology side, NOMC wants to corral its several computer systems into one interactive system that allows different departments and doctors to share information within the facility and at doctors' clinics, Fuller said.

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