5 ASCs adding higher acuity procedures

Here are five ambulatory surgery centers that recently added higher acuity procedures within the last year.

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Cedar Park (Texas) Surgery Center. The surgery center recently started performing unicompartmental knee replacement procedures. The center's Kalin Kelso, MD, is now performing unicompartmental knee replacements at the outpatient surgery center. Appropriately indicated patients can undergo the procedure, which is less extensive than total knee replacements. The center also offers surgical services in general surgery, gynecology, orthopedics, podiatry, sports medicine and urology. The surgery center is owned and operated by Arise Healthcare.  

Microsurgical Spine Center (Puyallup, Wash.). The surgery center recently added two-level cervical artificial disc replacement procedures as well as stem cell procedures. In October 2013, Richard Rooney, MD, and Kathy Wang, DO, of NeoSpine in Puyallup, performed the state's first stem cell procedure to treat patients with back pain from degenerative disc disease at Microsurgical Spine Center. It is affiliated with Symbion and it is staffed by a team of five physicians. It offers a wide-array of procedures, including artificial disc surgery, outpatient spine surgery, minimally invasive surgery and fusions.

Oregon Outpatient Surgery Center (Tigard, Ore.). The surgery center added total joint procedures in April 2014, and plans to offer total hip and total knee procedures. The center put together the program with the help of Marshall Steele, a consulting company, and Providence Health and Services, its hospital partner.

"Total joints are a great fit for our center, which is about 80 percent orthopedics and sports medicine," says Jesseye Arrambide, RN, BSN, CNOR, executive director of the center. "There were a lot of new areas to explore in terms of equipment, supplies and available resources. It has been a very exciting endeavor for our already busy center."

The surgery center was established in 2004 and is accredited by Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The facility is a joint venture with Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health and Services and it is staffed by seven physicians.

St. Augustine (Fla.) Surgery Center. The surgery center added total joint procedures in January. It is the first ASC in the state to introduce a total joint program supported by robotic technology. The center used Apex Robotic Technology, developed by OMNIlife Science, to support the program.

"This program has proven that quality care for more complex cases can be safely and efficiently delivered in the outpatient surgery setting," said Stephanie Martin, BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC, administrator of the surgery center, in a Becker's ASC Review article.  

The center offers surgical services in a number of specialties, including ENT, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, podiatry, orthopedics, pain management and gynecology. The center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and certified by Medicare.

The Surgery Center (Columbus, Ga.). Between September and December 2013, The Surgery Center added three new procedures: anterior cervical discectomy and fusion and direct lateral interbody fusion and kyphoplasty. The surgery center is affiliated with Symbion and was established in 1999. It offers surgical services in a wide array of specialties, such as ophthalmology, general surgery, orthopedics, ENT, gastroenterology/endoscopy, dermatology and urology.

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