Bellin, orthopedic group to build surgery center

07/01/2009

GREEN BAY - Bellin Health and Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists of Green Bay today announced plans to construct an orthopedic ambulatory surgery center.

“The partnership with Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists of Green Bay has been invaluable to Bellin Health,” said George Kerwin, Bellin Health president & CEO. “We are pleased to continue to build on a partnership that has brought exceptional orthopedic care to this community.”

The Bellin Health Orthopedic Surgery Center will be a facility dedicated to outpatient orthopedic surgeries including, but not limited to, ACL repair, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy and rotator cuff repair.

“This new center is another example of how advances in surgery technology and trends in health care allow more patients to get treatment without admission to the hospital,” said Dr. James Spears, a partner of the orthopedic group.

About two-thirds of all surgeries nationwide are outpatient procedures not requiring a hospital stay, according to a National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released in January.

Due to the types of procedures routinely performed in outpatient ambulatory surgery centers and the economic efficiencies these facilities offer, there will be cost savings for consumers. Kerwin estimates patients will save about 15 to 20 percent of their total bill by using this new facility.

“Consumers will benefit from lower costs while still receiving the safe, high-quality health care they have always experienced at Bellin Health,” said Kerwin. “We want all patients to get the right level of care at the right price so they experience greater health. This is a prime example of our efforts to accomplish that goal.”

Dr. James Grace, another partner of the orthopedic group, said the surgery center offers clear advantages. “This project will result in increased patient satisfaction and physician efficiency,” he said. “We look forward to bringing a new level of service to this community.”

The partners of the Bellin Health Orthopedic Surgery Center are:
· Bellin Health
· Thomas Sullivan, M.D.
· Michael Tressler, M.D.
· James Grace, M.D.
· Jason Klein, M.D.
· Marc Anderson, M.D.
· Daniel Linehan, M.D.
· Patrick McKenzie, M.D.
· James Spears, M.D.

Preliminary plans estimate the surgery facility will be roughly 14,000 square feet, at a cost of approximately $3.9 million. Construction is slated to begin this month at the future site of the facility, 2223 Lime Kiln Road, and will take 9 to 10 months to complete.