About Us

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday - 5:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
--- On-Call for Emergencies ---

825 N. Center, Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone: (989) 731-2458

Our Surgical Services Department is comprised of three Operating Room Suites, three Procedure Rooms, one Endoscopy Suite, and preparation and recovery areas.

Our services include:

  • General surgery
  • Advanced minimally invasive procedures
  • Orthopedics
  • Neuro Spine
  • Urology
  • Obstetrics & gynecology
  • Opthalmology
  • Dental
  • Podiatry
  • ENT
  • Comprehensive breast care
  • Endoscopy
  • ERCP

Services for general, regional and local anesthetics, as well as moderate sedation are offered. Our surgical department also has laboratory, x-ray, laser, and pathology services available to meet the needs of every patient.

Surgical Services are provided either as an inpatient or as an outpatient, and a waiting area is provided for those accompanying patients to their procedure.

Meet Our Staff

Our Surgical Services team members are highly trained, experienced, and dedicated to providing the best patient care experience. As part of our commitment to personal, caring service, our staff (including the Surgery Director) are available by phone, email, or in person to answer your questions and to assist you.

Our multi-disciplinary team includes physicians/surgeons, anesthesia providers, PAs, RNs, RNFAs, surgical technicians, and other assistive personnel. Here are just a few of the highly qualified medical professionals available to serve you:


Sandy Oltersdorf, RN, MSN, CNOR
Director of Surgical Services

(989) 731-2470

Kathy Respecki, RN, BS, CAPA,
Manager of Surgical Services

(989) 731-2486
Janelle Hendrian, DO
Medical Director of Anesthesia Services

(989) 731-2121



We work hard to make scheduling a simple process for our patients. Your physician will take care of the paperwork needed to schedule your surgery.

If you have any additional questions, you can contact our scheduling department at (989) 731-2119 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Physicians fill out a Pre-Admission Testing/Registration/Surgery Boarding Form to schedule. When scheduling procedures/surgical interventions, the following information needs to be included at minimum: Patient's name, admission status, age/date of birth, pre-operative diagnosis, operation to be performed, the surgeon, the assistant, type of anesthetic requested, and anticipated length of time needed for the operation.

The following admission status categories will be used when scheduling operations:

  • Inpatient (IP): The patient is admitted to the hospital the day the surgery is to be performed.
  • Outpatient (OP): The patient is admitted and discharged the same day as surgery.

Pre-Admission Testing (PAT)

Pre-Admission Testing (PAT) is an important step of the surgery process. We work hard to make this process both effective and stress-free for our patients. PAT occurs in the registration area inside the main lobby of the Hospital. PAT interviewers are located in a first floor office adjacent to the Radiology Department.

These specially trained nurses perform a detailed assessment of a patient before surgery, and provide education about what each patient should do to prepare for his/her procedure. The PAT nurse also coordinates the pre-surgical tests and diagnostics ordered by the physicians.

Some patients may participate in a telephone interview with a PAT nurse rather than a face-to-face interview.


Anesthesia Services at Otsego Memorial Hospital are integrated within the Surgical Services department and provide anesthesia services for elective and emergent surgeries. Anesthesia care is provided throughout the hospital by licensed and qualified practitioners under the policies and procedures approved by the medical staff. If you have a question, feel free to contact Janelle Hendrian, our Medical Director of Anesthesia Services, at (989) 731-2121.

On-Call services are available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Other anesthesia services include: labor epidurals, blood patches, spinal taps, post-op pain management, and some chronic pain procedures.

Peri-Anesthesia Services (Pre/Post-Op)

Peri-Anesthesia Services maintains 22 beds, with the primary focus on providing nursing care and education to patients undergoing surgery, therapeutic procedures, and diagnostic testing. Upon arrival, patients check in with Patient Registration and proceed to the second floor of the Hospital. A waiting room is available on the second floor for family and caregivers.

Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

Our Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) is a 4-bed unit, staffed by ACLS certified registered nurses, that provides quality nursing care for the post-operative patient. The goal of our PACU is to provide a comfortable and therapeutic environment for patients, and to provide optimal assistance to anesthesia providers and surgeons in meeting the healthcare needs of our patients.

Central Services
Hours: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday – Friday

Central Services’ primary focus is to prepare and sterilize instrumentation. This involves cleaning, disinfecting, reassembling and sterilizing items for use in the operating room, ancillary Hospital departments, and OMH physician offices. Each item is properly labeled and sterilization is validated prior to distribution to departments.

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