The University of Rochester is planning to open a 330,000-square-foot, $240 million orthopedics center offering outpatient surgery and other services in Henrietta, N.Y.
The university plans to repurpose a vacant Sears building for the ASC, adding space for procedure and operating rooms. A multistory tower would include such additional services as diagnostic imaging and physical therapy. The project would be part of a larger Marketplace Mall redevelopment, and if approved by the University of Rochester board of trustees, the New York Health Department and the Town of Henrietta, the project could be completed by 2023.
The project comes as a result of increasing demand for orthopedic services, as well as the shift of procedures from hospital to ambulatory settings, the university's CEO said.
"We’ve seen a 25 percent increase in orthopedic surgery cases over the past seven years, and a 60 percent increase in ambulatory visits in the same period of time. We expanded our team of providers and opened additional clinics around Rochester as volumes increased, but our surgical and outpatient spaces are now at capacity,” said Mark Taubman, MD, CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center. "This progressive orthopedics campus matches the caliber of our faculty, staff and trainees, and will ensure prompt and convenient access for the tens of thousands of people in the region who will turn to us for care now and in the future."
The project would be nearly three times as large as University of Rochester Medicine's biggest outpatient facility in Clinton Crossings, N.Y.