3 pending ASC projects

Ambulatory surgery center projects, whether an expansion or a new center entirely, are subject to various regulations that dictate if and when a project can move forward. Here are three pending ASC projects in certificate of need states.

Earlier this month Excelsior Orthopaedics received certificate of need approval for a $9 million expansion of its Buffalo (N.Y.) Surgery Center, but the practice was still waiting on further approvals. Now, the Amherst Planning Board has given the project its approval. The town board will now hold public hearings before a final decision is made

Pain management physician Nameer Haider, MD, is planning to open the OMNI Outpatient Surgery Center in Utica, N.Y., but the project is still awaiting an official notice from the state's department of health. The DOH has yet to send official notification of the project's address change. The surgery center was initially going to be constructed in a different location.

Orthopedic & Neurosurgery Specialists, based in Greenwich, Conn., plans to open a 14,000-square-foot outpatient surgery center in Stamford, Conn., but the project is subject to zoning board approval. George Comfort & Sons, a commercial real estate company, owns High Ridge Park in Stamford. The park is a "designated commercial district," which does not allow surgery centers. George Comfort & Sons filed an application with the zoning board for the ONS project.

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