An investment of more than three years and nearly $21 million spent to expand, renovate and update Billings Clinic’s suite of operating rooms is nearly finished, according to a report in the Gazette.  The project has increased the number of operating rooms from 10 to 13 while adding a new high-tech hybrid operating room that allows for complex treatments not available at the hospital before and new catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories.

 
When the expansion began in 2013, about 10,000 cases came through the Clinic’s Operating Rooms, and that number has grown to about 17,700 in the last year.  At the same time, the number of specialists working in the OR has increased from 44 to 65.  The 1,100-square-foot hybrid operating room combines state-of-the-art imaging technology with the expertise and resources of multiple specialties to create a space that allows for medical teams to perform new procedures which they couldn’t before.