On Monday, Northwest Medical Center opened a $50 million surgical wing that promises to greatly expand the hospital’s capabilities.

The wing boasts 16 operating rooms with areas specially designed for cardiac, brain, spine and robotic-assisted procedures, all with cutting-edge technology.

The 300-bed hospital is at 6200 N. La Cholla Blvd. Doctors performed more than 20,000 surgeries there in 2013.

Here are five things you didn’t know about the hospital, courtesy of hospital spokeswoman Kim Chimene.

  • The hospital’s new operating rooms and related facilities cover almost 1.4 acres and its free-standing Women’s Center is 1.1 acres.
  • At 1,000 square feet, the hybrid operating room is the largest hybrid surgery suite in the state. In the room is a built-in interventional X-ray system used for image-guided procedures. It uses the lowest possible X-ray doses to minimize exposure to radiation.
  • Two of the new operating suites are dedicated to robotic surgeries. Urologic, cardiothoracic, gynecologic and general surgery procedures will use the da Vinci robot.
  • Two operating rooms are dedicated to brain, spine, and ear, nose and throat surgeries. They are equipped with technology that allows surgeons to manipulate X-ray, MRI or CT images to provide three-dimensional views of the brain or spine in all directions. The neurological operating rooms are equipped with radiation-reducing imaging equipment that simulates CT scans during spine surgeries, reducing radiation exposure.
  • The hospital has more than 150 surgeons on staff with specialties including gynecologic oncology, neurosurgery, GYN, urology, orthopedics, plastic surgery, podiatry, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at 573-4130 or pvillarreal@azstarnet.com