10 Surgery Center Leaders on Midwestern State Association Boards
Anne Hargrave-Thomas (Michigan Ambulatory Surgery Center). Anne Hargrave-Thomas is the president of the Michigan Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and administrator at Lakes Surgery Center in West Bloomfield, Mich. The 23,000-square-foot facility was established in 2002 and achieved accreditation through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The facility includes six major operating rooms and one procedure room. The physicians on staff at the surgery center bring several different cases into the facility, including general surgery, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, urology, podiatry and pain management.
Debra Horner (Oklahoma Ambulatory Surgery Center Association). Debra Horner is the president of the Oklahoma Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and administrator and administrator at Memorial Surgery Center in Tulsa. The surgery center includes four operating rooms, three treatment rooms and three procedure rooms. Surgeons at the ASC perform dental, orthopedic, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, podiatry, ENT, GI and pain management cases. The surgery center is affiliated with United Surgical Partners International and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
Aaron Johnson (Minnesota Ambulatory Surgery Center Association). Aaron Johnson is the president of the Minnesota Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and director at Crosstown Ambulatory Surgery Center in Edina, Minn. The 21,000-square-foot ASC opened in March 2011 and includes five surgery suites and a procedure room. Physicians at the surgery center average 450 surgeries per month. The surgeons are dedicated to providing orthopedic and sports medicine care. There are 32 orthopedic surgeons affiliated with the center, which also includes wireless internet and a café area.
Janie Kinsey (Kansas Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers). Janie Kinsey is the vice president of the Kansas Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers and nurse manager at Surgery Center of Leawood. Surgeons at the ASC specialize in podiatry, otolaryngology, oculoplastics, pain management and plastic surgery. The ASC was established in 2000 by a group of podiatrists and private investors with the assistance of SurgCenter Development. The surgery center includes minimally invasive techniques for treating chronic sinusitis. There are 16 physicians associated with the center.
Bob Kwech (Association of Wisconsin Surgery Centers). Bob Kwech is the president of the Association of Wisconsin Surgery Centers as well as the executive director at GI Associates, where surgeons perform cases at four area ASCs including The Center for Digestive Health in Milwaukee. GI Associates was established in 2000 after a merger between Gastroenterology Consultants and Milwaukee GI Specialists. It was among the first private practices to offer pediatric services and one of the physicians, Marc F. Catalano, MD, was among the first to use endoscopic ultrasound as a method of staging cancers not found using normal surgical intervention.
Michelle Lehew (Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center Association). Michelle Lehew is the president-elect of the Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center Association. She is also the business office manager of the Surgery Center of Farmington, which is a member of Woodrum/ASD Family of Surgery Centers. This freestanding surgery center has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and the physicians perform a variety of procedures, including orthopedics, ophthalmology, gastroenterology and general surgery. There are 15 physician investors.
Joseph G. Ollayos (Ambulatory Surgery Center Association of Illinois). Joseph G. Ollayos is the president of the board of directors for the Ambulatory Surgery Center of Illinois and administrator of Tri-Cities Surgery Center in Geneva. The ASC has been open for more than five years and serves patients who need ENT, ophthalmology, gynecology, GI, urology and general surgery services. The ASC is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The surgery center has 35 physician investors.
Diana Ostrom (Indiana Federation of Ambulatory Surgery Centers). Diana Ostrom is the president of the Indiana Federation of Ambulatory Surgery Centers and administrator of Grossnickle Eye Center. The practice of Grossnickle Eye Center was founded in 1957 by Paul Grossnickle, OD, after serving as a fighter pilot and Navy optometrist. In 1987, the center built an onsite surgical center and has added two new locations since then. Surgeons at the center perform cataract surgery, refractive vision correction, corneal transplants and treatment for glaucoma. There are 12 physicians associated with Grossnickle Eye Center.
Mary Ellen Rider (Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center Association of Tennessee). Mary Ellen Rider is the past president and current board member of the Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center Association of Tennessee. She is also an administrator at Maryville Surgical Center, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. In its first 10 years, the ASC saw more than 47,500 cases and performed more than 53,000 procedures. The ASC was founded as a joint venture between area physicians, Blount Memorial Hospital and Nueterra Healthcare. It is accredited by the Joint Commission and specialties include ENT, general surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, plastic surgery and urology.
Meg Wiebel (Iowa Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers). Meg Wiebel is the president of the board of directors for the Iowa Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers and the administrator of Crow Valley Surgery Center. The facility is owned by Orthopaedic and Rheumatology Associates and Genesis Medical Center. It has achieved accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and includes 14 physicians and surgeons. The physicians have a special interest in sports medicine, extremities care and podiatry.
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