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20 Surgery Centers Planned, Opened or Acquired in November 2012

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Here are 20 surgery centers that were planned, opened, acquired or partnered with in November 2012.

1. University of Colorado opens $14.5 million emergency and surgery center. University of Colorado's Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center officially opened for business this week. The 22,000-square-foot facility is located near the intersection of 71st Avenue and 10th Street. The building cost $14.5 million and houses 10 private exam rooms. In addition to emergency and surgery services, the facility includes a diagnostic imaging and full laboratory area. The center employs 96 people full- and part-time and supports about $4.6 million in total annual salaries.

2. Florida's Cape Health Surgery Center construction complete. Stevens Construction has completed the construction for the Cape Health Surgery Center in Cape Coral, Fla. The 5,124-square-foot ambulatory surgery center serves three physicians and features one operating room, two procedure rooms, four pre-op beds and six recovery beds. The project was licensed and inspected by the Agency for Healthcare Administration, which ensures regulatory compliance for healthcare facilities in Florida.

3. Drew Memorial Hospital plans surgery center to replace operating suite. Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Ark., is planning a new surgery center to replace the hospital's operating suite, which dates back to the 1970s. The hospital's board of directors met two weeks ago to discuss preliminary plans for the center, as well as the possibility of constructing a geriatric-psychiatric unit as a new income producer for the hospital.

4. New York's Eastern Long Island Hospital unveils outpatient surgery pavilion. Representatives of Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, N.Y., will unveil a new outpatient surgery pavilion on Monday. The new facility includes nine pre-op and post-op surgical bays and an extended nurses station with a new reception and waiting area. With over 4,500 square feet of space, the facility is one of the largest expansions in the hospital's 107-year history.

5. Pennsylvania physicians open ambulatory surgery center in Susquehanna. A group of local physicians in Susquehanna Township, Pa., recently opened a medical center that will employ 50 people and feature an ambulatory surgery center. The 24,000-square-foot facility was conceived by Brett Ernst, MD. It will house the offices of Schein Ernst Eye Associates, Stratis Gayner Plastic Surgery and the Capital Surgery and Laser Center.

6. Providence Alaska seeks state approval for surgery center in Wasilla. Providence Alaska is seeking state approval to construct an outpatient surgery center, most likely in one of the medical buildings surrounding Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Wasilla, Alaska. Bruce Lamoureux, CEO for the Providence Alaska region, said the system will submit a certificate of need application, which is required in Alaska for projects over $1.35 million. If the project clears the CON process, construction could begin in 2013 or early 2014.

7. Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center to build surgery center. The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center hopes to establish a 10,000-square-foot outpatient surgery center in Ohio. The VA is seeking approval from the Cleveland City Planning Commission for the one-story building, which would handle minimally invasive procedures including cataracts, biopsies and plastic surgery.

8. ASCOA to open joint venture with Florida's Bartow Regional Medical Center, local physicians. Bartow Regional Medical Center and ASCOA are opening a joint venture surgery center in Lakeland, Fla. The 12,000-square-foot Innovations Surgery Center, which is a $7 million project, is a joint venture between the medical center, ASCOA and a group of local physicians. Construction will begin this year, and the center should be open by mid-2013.

9. Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates breaks ground on $4 million ASC. Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates broke ground on a $4 million surgery center in September. The two-story building will feature space for the practice, a new surgery center and a continuing education suite. The six-surgeon practice also operates centers at Jewish Hospital Downtown, on Brownsboro Road and in Mount Washington in Bullitt County.

10. Ohio's The Hand Center opens and receives accreditation. The Hand Center in Columbus, Ohio, has opened and received accreditation in September 2012, according to a release. The Hand Center is a joint venture between Hand and Microsurgery Associates and OhioHealth. It is located in a brand-new building, where the hand surgeons are located on the second floor. "Having all three entities in the same building has created efficiencies and convenience for the patient," said Michelle Ingmire, administrator.

11. New York's St. Mary's Hospital to become completely outpatient by 2013. St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, N.Y., will eventually provide only outpatient services, as St. Peter's Health Partners begins its plan to move all inpatient care to nearby Samaritan Hospital. "We want to reduce the duplication of services," said Norman E. Dascher Jr., CEO of Samaritan and St. Mary's. "It just doesn't make sense anymore to have two hospitals doing exactly the same thing."

12. Colorado's St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center Joins Centura Health Initiatives. St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center in Great Bend, Colo., will join Centura Health Initiatives, a Denver-based healthcare group. Centura is jointly operated by Catholic Health Initiatives and Adventist Health system. St. Rose currently belongs to Catholic Health Initiatives, which will integrate its facilities in Colorado and Kansas into one regional group through this move.

13. Wisconsin's Waukesha Memorial Hospital to build Edwin A. Gallun Jr. Family Surgical Center. The ProHealth Care Foundation has announced plans for the Edwin A. Gallun Jr. Family Surgical Center, which will add 16 surgery suites to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Edwin and Elfie Gallun, the owners of Metalcraft in Mayville, Wis., have pledged to give $2 million for the renovation.

14. California's Orange Coast Surgery Center sells for $2.6 million. K&S LP sold the Orange Coast Surgery Center in Anaheim, Calif., to CSS Pacific Property for $2.6 million. The 17,550-square-foot medical office building includes a full operational, IMQ-licensed surgery center with two operating rooms and a procedure room.

15. Colorado eye practices consolidate, build 10,000-square-foot surgery center. Retina Consultants of Southern Colorado, Eye Associates of Colorado Springs and Colorado Eye Associates are merging into a single practice and constructing a 40,000-square-foot medical building and surgery center. The two-story project includes 30,000 square feet of offices and a separate, 10,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center that will be used by the four practices. Dean Carlson, MD, of Eye Associates said offices have been designed for the physicians' specific needs, instead of adapting existing space. An office needed for eye exams requires a different amount of space than, say, one for internal medicine, he said.

16. Pennsylvania's Excela Health to build 114,000-square-foot outpatient facility. Excela Health, based in Greensburg, Pa., has disclosed preliminary plans for a 114,000-square-foot outpatient medical facility in Unity, a project it hopes to start building by summer. The medical mall would place primary care physicians, specialists, rehabilitation and diagnostic services under one roof. "The project is consistent with our strategic plan of two years ago," said Michael D. Busch, Excela's COO. "We will provide patients a level of coordinated care."

17. South Carolina's Regional Medical Center breaks ground on $6.8 million ASC. Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, S.C., has broken ground on a $6.8 million surgery center. The facility is scheduled to open in August 2013 and will be located next to the hospital's same-day surgery wing. Hospital officials say the facility will allow the service to grow to an anticipated volume of between 6,000 and 8,000 dialysis access procedures each year.

18. Via Christi Hospital nears groundbreaking for new surgery center. Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kan., has received bids from five or seven general contractors invited to submit them and nears the groundbreaking for its $18 million surgical center. The surgery center will be the largest expansion project the hospital has taken on since opening in 1971. Officials said the bids are being reviewed and will be announced Thursday.

19. Baylor Surgical Hospital to build $35 million surgery center. Baylor Surgical Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, said Monday that it plans to build a $35.1 million, 77,000-square-foot surgery center. Construction is scheduled to begin in May on the three-story surgery center and to be completed in 2014. Baylor said it has outgrown its currently 34,000-square-foot building.

20. Michigan's Metro Health to expand and rename Grand Rapids surgery center. Metro Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., has announced plans to expand its downtown surgery center by adding a fourth operating room. The outpatient surgery center will be renamed the Metro Health OAM Surgery Center in collaboration with Orthopedic Associates of Michigan. The fourth operating suite will be added in January 2013.

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