The Surgical Services department maintains 24-hour services to meet the needs of the surgical patient. The department consists of four areas:

Operating Room

The Operating Suite is located on the second floor and consists of five multipurpose rooms, one cysto/urology room, and two endoscopy rooms. Patients of all ages, outpatients and inpatients, may undergo general surgery, orthopedic, thoracic, vascular, ENT, ophthamologic, urologic, dental, OB/GYN, podiatric procedures, and plastic surgery. Advanced techniques of surgical intervention include laproscopic and laser surgery.

Post Anesthesia Care Unit (Recovery Room)

The Post Operative Care Unit provides comprehensive care for all surgical patients recovering from local, regional, or general anesthesia. The RN staff is responsible for and skilled in assessing, planning, intervening, and evaluating patients in collaboration with the Anesthesia department and the surgeons. Most of all, the staff is sensitive to the patient's need to be assured that he will be cared for as a special person and help him understand what is occurring.

Day Surgery Unit

Day Surgery Unit personnel are responsible for pre-admission teaching and evaluation of patients and families care throughout the patients stay and coordinating discharge instructions postoperative teaching and discharge. This unit is for patients who will be admitted, operated on and sent home, all within 24 hours.


The Anesthesia department of Carteret Health Care is under the direction of two physicians who are board certified anesthesiologists. The anesthesiologists or nurse anesthetists provides anesthesia service 24 hours a day for inpatients, outpatients, and emergency patients requiring surgical procedures. The types of services provided include care of the patient in the surgical setting along with emergency airway management in all areas of the hospital, standing by for women in labor utilizing epidurals, and acute postoperative pain management.