Madera, CA – After nearly five months of upgrades to our Surgical Services Department, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) approved Madera Community Hospital’s installation of new autoclaves and sterilizers.
The project was started during the COVID-19 pandemic when all elective surgeries were halted in hospitals. The two new autoclaves, using only steam to disinfect, are located in our central processing unit and two new sterilizers, using high pressure, chemicals and filtration, are each located within operating suites.
The upgrades compliment Madera Community Hospital’s commitment to patient safety. The full suite of surgical services were relaunched just one day after The Leapfrog Group announced, Madera Community Hospital received an “A” in patient safety for the Spring of 2021.
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With upgraded and expanded instrument cleaning, the Hospital also purchased nearly $500,000 in new surgical instruments. “Although the timing was ideal to embark on the upgrades, the process took longer than anticipated,” said Cyril Rebel, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and Chief of Surgery. “Madera Community Hospital has one of the lowest surgical site infection rates and yet, my colleagues and I are thrilled to have the added assurance in the safety of our surgical instruments,” Dr. Rebel added.
“This was quite a task for our team and during a very stressful time,” said Karen Paolinelli, Chief Executive Officer. “The pandemic has taken its toll on our Hospital. I thank all our surgeons for their support of our responsibility to provide the highest levels of safety for both our surgeons and our patients,” Paolinelli added. “Madera Community Hospital is ready to move forward with caring for surgical patients.”
About Madera Community Hospital
The only hospital located on State Highway 99, our 106 bed General Acute Care Hospital was founded in 1971 by a group of citizens committed to providing quality emergency and hospital services to Madera County residents. Today Madera Community Hospital is the County’s premier health system providing integrated care through access to primary medical service with Rural Health Clinics in Chowchilla, Madera and Mendota and 22 medical specialties.