Surgery Pavilion with New Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Dedicated at Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn.) – Newly dedicated at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in the new John T. O’Connell Tower is The Arthur and Mariko Byrne Surgery Pavilion, totaling 70,486 square feet and consisting of 17 operating suites, four of which are cardiac; six orthopedic/neurology/hybrid ORs; and seven general surgery rooms, including two robotic areas.

Located within the Surgery Pavilion are four operating rooms newly named The Woodland Anesthesiology Associates Operating Suites. 

A new Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)  also within the Pavilion complex has been completely redesigned and reopened adjacent to the new operating room suites..  Named The Dr. Ronald E. and Elizabeth S. Burt Family Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), the total cost to renovate this space was $7 million.

The new post-anesthesia recovery area is comprised of 53 bays in 25,686 square feet.  A PACU is a vital area designed to provide care for patients recovering from anesthesia, whether it be general, regional, or local anesthesia.  The PACU staff is composed of highly trained nurses charged with tasks for the care of post-anesthesia and post-operative patients.  Unless complications occur, most patients will only stay in the PACU for a few hours, before returning home or to another department within the hospital.  

“It is our privilege to name these critical care patient areas after our generous donor families and physicians.  With their help, we can continue to provide high-quality, compassionate, state-of-the-art care for our patients for generations to come,” said Christopher Dadlez, President and CEO, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  “Dedicating these areas in honor of all three donors is a small token of our appreciation to their overwhelming generosity to the Saint Francis mission,” concluded Dadlez. 

“We are honored to now have The Arthur and Mariko Byrne Surgery Pavilion at Saint Francis.  The spacious OR suites and new PACU areas will allow our highly-trained, experienced OR staff to continue to provide quality care to patients in centralized, leading-edge facilities,” said Steven Ruby, MD, chairman of the Department of Surgery at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  “The surgical suites and PACU are vital areas of the hospital in the delivery of quality care, and these new sites are truly world-class,” added Dr. Ruby.

About the donors 

Saint Francis is honored to name the surgery pavilion located on the third floor of the John T. O’Connell Tower, The Arthur and Mariko Byrne Surgery Pavilion.  Arthur Byrne came to Saint Francis after an unfortunate skiing accident that left him severely injured in 1998.  He received treatment and follow-up rehabilitation at Saint Francis that aided in his recovery.  Since then, Arthur has been involved with Saint Francis as a pro bono systems consultant, Corporator and generous donor.

Dr. Ronald Burt came to Saint Francis in 1986 as an attending anesthesiologist, and quickly rose through the ranks to hold several key leadership positions.  Dr. Burt served as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and President of the Medical Staff.  During his tenure, he also held several leadership roles with Woodland Anesthesia Associates.  Saint Francis is honored to dedicate the post anesthesia care unit adjacent to the third floor of the John T. O’Connell Tower as The Dr. Ronald E. and Elizabeth S. Burt Family Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. 

Woodland Anesthesia Associates (WAA) was established in 1975.  Currently, its anesthesia care team is comprised of 26 board certified anesthesiologists and more than 50 certified registered nurse anesthetists.  Saint Francis has maintained a significant relationship with WAA for several decades utilizing their expertise and leadership and benefiting from thousands of procedures under their guidance.  In their honor, Saint Francis is pleased to announce the dedication of four operating rooms within the third-floor operating suites as The Woodland Anesthesiology Associates Operating Suites. 

About Saint Francis 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, and the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research.  It services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.  For more information, visit