Created: 10/10/2013 8:15 AM WHEC.com
Plans for a new ambulatory surgery center on Linden Oaks Drive have come to fruition as the Rochester Ambulatory Surgery Center is ready to open its new facility to patients in eastern Monroe County.
The $12 million facility was part of Rochester General Health Systems' $40 million acquisition of Linden Oaks Medical Campus in Penfield announced last year. These plans also included absorption of three medical office buildings on Hagen Drive.
The spacious ambulatory surgery center — designed for same-day surgical procedures — was built next to a vacant office building, gutted to accommodate a mix of medical offices on Linden Oaks Drive.
The 29,000 square foot addition will house the same staff who previously operated Lattimore Surgicenter in Rochester, which was one-third the size of the new facility.
“The entire surgery center was designed around efficiency,” said Jeff Peacock, executive director at Lattimore who will now oversee operations at the new facility.
It contains six operating rooms and two rooms to be used for minor procedures. Guests can utilize a drive-thru drop off and pickup at the entrance and exit with onsite parking nearby.
To help ease the anxiety of the waiting process, the lobby has flat-screen status boards that allow people waiting to track the progress of their loved one as they move through the different levels of surgery, from pre-anesthesia to recovery, using an assigned number.
After patients are admitted, they proceed through double doors into preparation near a nurse’s station and on to anesthesia and surgery in the OR.
The new facility will be used by 45 physicians from Lattimore, not including anesthesiologists, but Peacock said he expects that number to grow because there are more operating rooms in the new building (going from four to six at Lattimore).
The State Health Department determined that this growth was necessary after studying the volume of patients accommodated at Lattimore. The relocation, Peacock says, is a win-win for physicians and the people they serve.
“The east side is traditionally an area RGH where has has a foothold,” said Peacock. “Certainly, we’ll probably get more patients from the east side, but many of our physicians come from all over (Wayne and Ontario Counties). We wanted to have a location that was convenient for as many people as possible.”
The center will see its first patients on Oct. 22.