10 Recent ASC Openings, Renovations and Acquisitions

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1. The Regional Medical Center of Memphis (Tenn.). After years of failing financially, the Regional Medical Center of Memphis is on track to becoming one-stop shop for patients with new renovations. To make the hospital more competitive, CEO Reginald Coopwood, MD, and his staff are looking to add an ambulatory surgery center, an orthopedic unit, private rooms and $20 million in new technology.  Officials will submit their plans to the Tennessee Health Services Development Agency by September, with approval coming as soon as December.

2. Danville (Ill.) HealthCare. Provena United Samaritans Medical Center has received approval from the state to acquire Danville HealthCare, an ambulatory surgery center. The Illinois Health and Facilities Planning Board recently approved Provena's application to transfer ownership of the outpatient surgery center to Provena United Samaritans Medical Center. The acquisition does not replace Provena's current ambulatory care unit, which houses endoscopy and outpatient surgery within the hospital. Rather, it offers another option for patients with less complex surgical needs. The facility will close for a few weeks to give the center a renovation. The facility will have a "new look" and a new name: ACCESS, which stands for Ambulatory Care Center for Excellence in Surgical Services.  

3. St. Elizabeth Robotic Surgery Center (Youngstown, Ohio). Humility of Mary Health Partners opened its new St. Elizabeth Robotic Surgery Center this week, located on the top floor of the St. Elizabeth Health Center. Various minimally-invasive robotic surgeries will be available at the center, including urological, gynecological, general and thoracic procedures. The renovation of the unit cost about $125,000 and was designed to anticipate growth of the center's robotic surgery program.

4. Memorial Sloan-Kettering (New York City). Memorial Sloan-Kettering has submitted a proposal to build a $339 million outpatient surgery center, which is under consideration by the Public Health and Health Planning Council. If approved, the surgery center would contain 12 operating rooms, a pre-surgical assessment area with 18 observation beds, and a 28-bed unit for post-anesthesia care and extended stay recovery. Sloan-Kettering estimates the new center will handle 6,393 patient visits in its first year of operation, creating 280 full time equivalent jobs. It expects to accommodate 8,304 visits by the third year.

5. Pearland (Texas) Surgery Center. Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, will be branching out with the opening of the Pearland (Texas) Surgery Center on Friday. The ASC will be the first of its kind in Pearland and will offer a broad range of procedures, including ENT, pain management, general surgery, orthopedic, spine and podiatry. The 13,000-square-foot facility features two main operating rooms and three minor operating or procedure rooms with the ability to expand in the future.

6. Northside-Forsyth Outpatient Surgery Center (Cumming, Ga.). Northside Hospital opened the its new Northside-Forsyth Outpatient Surgery Center near its hospital facility. The new center will offer surgical care for several specialties, including orthopedics, general surgery, plastic surgery and podiatry. Hospital Administrator Lynn Jackson said she hopes the center will be more convenient for patients and surgeons. The 14,175-square-foot facility also features a suite dedicated to GI endoscopy procedures.

7. Reed Eye Associates (Batavia, N.Y.). The Batavia, N.Y., school board accepted Reed Batavia Properties' $500,000 bid on a former school administrative building with the goal of turning the structure into an eye surgery center. The company currently owns five Reed Eye Associates full service offices in two New York counties. The 13,452-square-foot property has been on the market since last December with an asking price of $595,000. If approved by local voters, the sale would be finalized in October.

8. Greeley (Colo.) Emergency and Surgery Center. University of Colorado Health, a health system created in partnership with Poudre Valley Health System, is completing the final stages of the Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center. The $14.5 million emergency and surgery center is hiring 96 full- and part-time physicians, nurses, technicians and support staff. The center will open in November. UCHealth officials estimate the total $4.6 million annual payroll will have a $9.2 million economic impact in Greeley.

9. Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care (Chicago). Loyola University Health System has opened a new multi-disciplinary surgery center to treat obesity. The new Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care is located in Melrose Park. The center will offer patients the expertise of a full team of bariatric specialists, including surgeons, physicians, psychologists, nutritionists and exercise physiologists. Surgical procedures offered by the new center will include laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.

10. Mease Dunedin Hospital (Dunedin, Fla.). Mease Dunedin recently renovated it surgery center to include three integrated-technology operating rooms. Averaging about 600 square feet, the new operating suites are more than double the size of previous operating rooms. Construction also includes a new pre-operative holding unit, a new operating room control desk, an anesthesia office and a conference center. A fourth operating suite, an endoscopy suite, a new PACU and a new anesthesia room are scheduled to open by the end of November. The new surgical operating suites are part of a $19 million multi-phase expansion project that began in 2008, renovating 33,000 square feet of the hospital's main building and adding 4,000 square feet of new construction.

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