Peri-Operative

Contact Information

Nancy G. Thompson, RN, BS
Director of Perioperative and Radiology Services
315-492-5110
ThompsoN@upstate.edu

Nancy Walklett, RN, BSN
Nurse Manager, Operating Room
315-492-5403
WalkletN@upstate.edu

Julie Bell, RN
Nurse Manager, Pre/Post Anesthesia Care
315-492-5365
BellJ@upstate.edu

Sonya Stojanovski, RN
Assistant Nurse Manager, Pre/Post Anesthesia Care
315-492-5525
StojkovS@upstate.edu

Tim Clark, RN
Clinical Trainer

This area is comprised of the Pre-Admission Testing Center, the Surgery Center, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, and a 10 room operating suite.

Pre-Admission Testing Center

Located in the Diagnostic Center on our Community Campus, this department streamlines a patient's admission process prior to elective surgery. Here the patient is interviewed by a registered nurse who reviews their health history, medications, and completes all necessary paperwork, as well as beginning to develop an individualized nursing plan of care. The center will facilitate EKGs, chest x-ray, lab testing, and other diagnostic tests when ordered by the physician, along with pre-operative teaching.

Surgery Center

This 18 room pre-surgical unit admits and prepares surgical patients and their families for surgical procedures that require anesthesia, including same day surgery, (outpatient) one day surgery, and inpatient admission surgery.

Outpatient one-day surgery patients are recovered in the PACU and discharged home from the Surgery Center. We also offer a 4 bed outpatient infusion service (OPIS) in which some chemotherapies and blood products are transfused, and a mini surgery suite that supports outpatient minor surgical procedures.

Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

This is a 10 bed unit specializing in the acute recovery of patients undergoing general or regional anesthesia after surgical procedures. All RN staff maintain ACLS certification and has successfully achieved Basic Coronary Care (BCC) certification. This department is a critical care environment, providing nursing care in collaboration with the surgical and anesthesia teams. PACU also provides nursing support to Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE), blood patches, nerve blocks, and cardioversion.

Operating Room

Our operating room is comprised of 10 theatres performing surgical procedures including general surgery, ENT, orthopedics, GU and GYN. Specialty services provided include our Center of Excellence Bariatric (weight loss) surgeries and robotic surgeries for gynecological, genitourinary, orthopedic as well as general surgery procedures. Each specialty, under the direction of an RN service line coordinator and in collaboration with the surgeons, incorporates the latest in surgical technology equipment and techniques to provide cutting edge care to our patient population.