Northwest Medical Center has built a new surgical wing with larger suites and technologically advanced equipment. The $50 million wing is complete and will be operational Jan. 27.

The new wing brings the total number of operating rooms to 16, including specialized suites for cardiac procedures, brain and spine surgery and robotic-assisted surgery.

The new rooms are more spacious at 550 square feet, compared with the 400-square-foot existing suites.

Included are two robotic suites. Each has da Vinci surgical systems for urological, gynecological, cardiac and general surgeries. At least seven local hospitals are equipped with da Vinci robots for surgery.

The remainder of the operating room suites at Northwest Medical Center, at 6200 N. La Cholla Blvd., are equipped for minimally invasive surgeries.

The hospital performed more than 20,000 surgeries last year, said Kim Chimene, its director of system marketing.

The new wing also includes a neurosurgery room that offers 3D image-guided technology to give the surgeon improved visualization during surgery and the ability to navigate through critical brain anatomy and spinal structures while minimizing contact with “uninvolved” tissue, Chimene said.

Hospital officials say they’re particularly excited about the addition of an “integrated hybrid” room, which includes a cardiac catheterization lab and cardiac and vascular surgery capabilities in one room — minimizing the need to move a patient for multiple cardiac procedures.

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