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Health system planning $21M surgery center

February 25, 2020
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Bronson Methodist Hospital

Bronson said the new facility is in response to the growing volume of surgeries at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Courtesy Bronson Healthcare

A health care system plans to develop a freestanding ambulatory surgery center in the region for procedures that do not require hospitalization.

Bronson Healthcare said it plans to build an 18,000-square-foot facility on land it owns at the northeast corner of I-94 and Ninth Street in Kalamazoo’s Texas Township, adjacent to the Bronson Primary Care Partners office under construction.

Bronson said the new facility is in response to the growing volume of surgeries at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Over the last five years, the number of surgeries performed at the hospital has increased by 15%.

For the past few years, Bronson has been working with its surgical teams and with industry experts to assess how best to reduce wait times for surgical services at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. By developing this ambulatory surgery center, about 5,400 orthopedic-related cases per year can be shifted from the hospital’s operating rooms.

This will open up capacity and help reduce wait times for other procedures, including complex inpatient cases referred to the tertiary center from throughout the region, the health system said.

The facility will have four operating rooms dedicated to surgical procedures in the areas of general orthopedics, hip and knee replacement, neurosurgical, and orthopedic spine, hand and sports medicine.

The project’s contractor, architect and financing have not been announced.

Pending requisite regulatory approvals, the project is expected to begin this spring and be completed by late 2021, Bronson said.

Freestanding surgery centers are a growing choice among consumers and health plans as they look for ways to get approved procedures done effectively at a lower cost, Bronson said.

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