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Innovation

Innovation and improvement. These aren’t just words in our mission statement. They’re our unending commitment to you, our patients and our community. And we want to assure you that at Chesapeake Regional, you can receive exceptional, world-class care in an approachable setting.

We already offer leading-edge technologies, like the da Vinci Surgical Robot XI ® and 3.0 Tesla MRI. We also offer nationally recognized programs like The Breast Center and Cancer Care. And many of our providers have received national, regional and local acknowledgment for their outstanding care. As we continue to expand, so too does our vision for greatness.

We are unique because we were built for the community, by the community, but we never want to be average. We pledge to our patients to always strive towards excellence. Below are just a handful of our major innovations that always put you first.

3D Mammography

Advanced new 3D technology available at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center coordinates with 2D mammography and breast MRI to increase the rate of breast cancer detection and reduce the amount of unnecessary return visits for repeat breast screenings. According to a recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association tomosynthesis - or 3D mammography - can also increase the detection of more invasive and deadly cancers. The study involved nearly half a million women, and determined that 3D mammography, combined with traditional 2D mammography, was associated with a 41 percent increase in the detection rate of invasive cancers and a 15 percent drop in additional screenings for false alarms.

Chesapeake Regional Physician Hospital Organization

Chesapeake Regional Physician Hospital Organization is a group of primary care physicians who have partnered with Chesapeake Regional Healthcare.  Chesapeake Regional PHO allows physicians to have a strong voice in how they treat their patients.  The PHO has taken on a Patient-Centered Medical Home approach to treating their patients. The patient-centered medical home is a way of organizing primary care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into what patients want it to be.

Chesapeake Regional, Riverside and University of Virginia Radiosurgery Center

Patients throughout southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina now have direct access to an established and experienced network of advanced radiosurgery services and clinical trials with one of the leading international authorities on radiosurgery due to Chesapeake Regional’s partnership with Riverside and University of VA Radiosurgery Center. Our patients have seamless, convenient access to state-of-the-art radiosurgery services right in their own community.

Radiosurgery procedures on the brain are performed using Gamma Knife®, considered one the most advanced non-invasive neurosurgical tools available. The Gamma Knife® allows a surgeon to perform brain surgery without a scalpel and without cutting the skull. Instead, the Gamma Knife® treatment uses 201 highly focused beams of Cobalt-60 radiation that intersect at a tumor site to produce biological effects on tissues inside the skull. Because of its exceptional precision, treatment is typically carried out in a single sitting and potential damage to healthy surrounding tissue is minimized. This Gamma Knife® radiosurgical treatment has an impressive scientific track record with thousands of peer-reviewed articles. No other non-invasive treatment method in this field has greater clinical acceptance in the world.

In addition to the Gamma Knife®, which is used to treat both malignant and non-malignant brain tumors and other brain diseases, Chesapeake Regional, Riverside and University of Virginia Radiosurgery Center also uses the Synergy S® system, which was developed for areas of the body as well as some tumors of the brain. The Synergy S® System combines a linear accelerator with a specialized, real-time imaging system that enables clinicians to more precisely target radiation to tumors or lesion sites, including the base of the skull, spine, neck, chest, lungs, pancreas, liver and adrenal gland.

Both of these technologies are rooted in precisely delivered beams of radiation rather than incisions. Procedures are nearly painless and patients recover much faster than with conventional surgery.

The capability to provide cancer treatment for the whole body in one facility makes The Chesapeake Regional, Riverside and University of Virginia Radiosurgery Center a true Center of Excellence for radiosurgery and radiotherapy, treating patients from around the world. It is a valuable health resource for the region and beyond.

Convenient mammogram hours

We make getting a mammogram as convenient and easy as possible with walk-in and evening hours.  No need for an appointment.  Come to our convenient location at the Breast Center located on the first floor of the Stanley Jennings Outpatient Center.

Extended hours are offered for mammography screenings in the Breast Center:

Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Walk-in hours only for mammography screenings

Monday – Thursday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon

The Breast Center
844 Battlefield Blvd., North
Chesapeake, VA 23320
757-312-2232

da Vinci Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Surgical robotics is a technology designed to give surgeons more precision and control during complex, minimally invasive procedures. It is an alternative to open surgery and laparoscopic surgery and can result in quicker recoveries for patients.

The da Vinci Surgical System "robot" is a state-of-the art medical device that enables surgeons to guide miniature instruments and a tiny, high-definition camera to the surgery site. Seated at a console, the surgeon guides several robotic arms, which hold the surgical instruments. State-of-the-art robotic and computer technology transform the surgeon’s hand and arm movements into small, precise movements. The robotic “wrists” can rotate a full 360 degrees, giving the surgeon exceptional accuracy, flexibility and range of motion. The da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon – the machine cannot move on its own.

For the patient, benefits may include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • And in many cases, better clinical outcomes

 

da Vinci Prostatectomy

Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men.  Many men often worry that their body will not function normally after surgery.  Traditional open urologic surgery – in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs – has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted. Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.


da Vinci Surgery, a minimally invasive approach that utilizes the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.

Learn More: Minimally invasive options for urologic surgery
Learn More: da Vinci prostatectomy

 

da Vinci Gynecologic Procedures

Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves.

For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.

NOTE: While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

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For additional information on minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System, visit www.davincisurgery.com.

Emergency Room Process Innovations

When patients visit the Emergency Department at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, they are greeted in the waiting area by a full-time staff member charged with getting them registered and treated as quickly as possible while delivering superior medical care.

The registration process is just another initiative by Chesapeake Regional to further reduce patient wait times. We value your time and we have some of the shortest wait times in the area. We want patients seen as quickly as possible to receive the best medical care available.

In addition to this “greeter,” other processes are already in place to reduce wait times. An electronic information system and full bedside registration speeds patient access to treatment.

The Quick Care area has been expanded to care for patients with less serious complaints and a chest pain staging area has been opened. Having this designated area allows staff members to speed the evaluation of patients who arrive with chest pain symptoms.

When it comes to chest pain, it’s all about speed. Hospitals see a lot of patients with chest pain - in fact it is the most common reason they come to the ER. That’s why Chesapeake Regional Medical Center established a chest pain center within its Emergency Department to ensure that patients receive fast, accurate and state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment as soon as they arrive at its doors.

Our teletracking system electronically tracks patient and bed status. This system improves clinical communication and patient throughput. The system incorporates an IBEX screen, a large flat screen for patient status documentation, and “computers on wheels” (COWs) to make patient charting an electronic process.

ER Partnerships

Through a new partnership with Chesapeake ambulance services, EMS teams are able to perform EKGs in the field and send the information within seconds to the emergency department. This allows the cardiac team to be in place as soon as the patient arrives at the ER.

Once there, a highly skilled team with advanced knowledge in managing heart attacks provides rapid therapy to decide whether immediate medical treatment is warranted, further tests are needed or observation is necessary.

Hyperbaric Healing

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center is among just a few hospitals in the region using hyperbaric, or oxygen-filled chambers, to heal challenging wounds and conditions.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves exposing the body to 100 percent oxygen at a pressure that is greater than what you normally experience. Wounds need oxygen to heal properly, and exposing a wound to 100 percent oxygen often speeds the healing process.

What to expect when getting hyperbaric oxygen therapy

  • You will likely be asked to wear a medical gown that is 100 percent cotton.
  • You will lie on a table that slides into the clear plastic tube that’s about 7 feet long.
  • You will be asked to relax and breathe normally during the procedure. You can watch TV or listen to music.
  • You will be able to talk to the therapist at any time during the treatment, and the therapist can see you and talk to you at all times
  • The chamber will be sealed and then filled with pressurized oxygen.
  • The pressure will rise to 2.5 times the normal air pressure, and you may experience some ear popping or mild discomfort. This is completely normal.
  • The session will last anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.
  • After the therapy, technicians will slowly depressurize the chamber
  • Once your hyperbaric oxygen therapy session is complete, you may feel lightheaded or tired. These symptoms will usually go away after a short period of time.

Improved MRI Access for Cardiac Rhythm patients

Doctors from Chesapeake Radiologists, Ltd. and Cardiovascular Associates, Ltd. at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center are among 32 centers participating in an FDA-approved clinical study to improve access to MRI diagnostics for cardiac rhythm patients

Innovative medical technology is helping to change medical care in the Hampton Roads community thanks to Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and the physicians from Cardiovascular Associates, Ltd. The hospital and specialty group are working together to contribute to a clinical study using the first implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) approved in the U.S. for use in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner. Already three patients who have the unique devices implanted have completed MRI scans.

Each year thousands of patients receive ICDs which protect them from fatal heart rhythms. Until now, patients with the implantable life-saving device were not permitted to receive an MRI scan due to the risk the scanner may interfere with the function of the ICD. This is a challenge for patients and physicians since an estimated 50 to 75 percent of patients with ICDs will need an MRI during their lifetime. Chesapeake Regional Medical Center is one of 32 leading U.S. investigational centers which are evaluating the safety and efficacy of BIOTRONIK’s Iforia ProMRI® systems with Setrox and Linoxsmart leads during an MRI scan. The study will recruit and evaluate 172 patients across the U.S. All ICD systems in the study are currently commercially available but await FDA approval specifically for use in the MRI environment. BIOTRONIK is sponsoring the clinical study.

“Any patient who is getting an ICD wants to know they are getting the best devices for their cardiac condition, but now we can begin to consider the other care that may be needed,” said Dr. John Griffin, who practices with Cardiovascular Associates and is the principal investigator on the study. “There are a variety of health conditions patients may have or may develop that an MRI is the diagnostic standard for imaging studies. This study, and the patients in this study, is expanding the way physicians can care for them throughout their lifetimes.”

“I was very excited to actively participate in this research opportunity. Many patients with pacemakers/ICDs who need an MRI must be turned away for their own safety. Developing MRI compatible cardiac devices is of utmost importance in order to provide the best care for our patients. I’m very excited that our patients are among the first to get this technology thanks to our work in this trial," said Dr. Salvador Trinidad, president of Chesapeake Radiologists at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.

BIOTRONIK ProMRI® systems increase the potential to improve patient access to MRI scanning for patients who require pacemaker or ICD devices and give physicians more options to choose from without any therapeutic compromise. The Iforia ICD system, which is BIOTRONIK’s latest generation of small-sized ICDs being evaluated for ProMRI® technology, offers sophisticated shock-reduction capabilities, uncompromised longevity and daily monitoring through BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring®.

Patients interested in learning more about the ProMRI® trial can contact 757-419-2892 or visit www.cval.org.

Peripheral artery disease treatment

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center now provides a Drug Coated Balloon PTA Catheter (DCB) for percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), a minimally invasive procedure used to open blocked arteries in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). CRMC is the only hospital in Hampton Roads to use this device, performing the first successful case Nov. 4.

“The Lutonix® 035 Drug Coated Balloon helps deliver medicine directly to the artery, which significantly lowers the risk of the blockage returning, without closing the door to other treatment options down the road,” said Christopher L. Stout, M.D., a vascular surgeon who is on staff at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and performed the first procedure in Hampton Roads. “This piece of technology is just one of the ways we are bringing innovative care to our patients at Chesapeake Regional.”

Way finding assistance and patient monitoring for seniors

Way-finding assistance is found throughout the memory unit at Cedar Manor.   To ensure resident safety, the EV2 real-time resident monitoring system has been installed. This state-of-the-art system personalizes patient tracking and location. It also provides each resident continuous calling capability from anywhere in the facility. Since residents wear the EV2 system, it's always available.  The wall mounted help call buttons are location-specific.