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Trinitas Regional Medical Center completes $5.2M surgery center in Elizabeth

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Trinitas CEO Gary Horan sees the creation of the Ambulatory Surgery Center as a strategic imperative, an opportunity for expansion.
Trinitas CEO Gary Horan sees the creation of the Ambulatory Surgery Center as a strategic imperative, an opportunity for expansion. - ()

Trinitas Regional Medical Center has completed a new $5.2 million Ambulatory Surgery Center at its main campus in Elizabeth. The hospital said the 9,500-square-foot facility, which will begin taking patients in March, was created in response to the increased volume of outpatient surgeries.

With three operating rooms dedicated to same-day outpatient surgeries, the facility will be integrated into the existing operating room services at Trinitas, which have been seeing an increase in same-day surgery.

The hospitals cited a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released in 2009 that found outpatient surgery visits nationwide increased from 20.8 million in 1996 to 34.7 million in 2006.

"Trinitas realized that this was an answer to the health care needs of those we serve in Elizabeth and the greater Central New Jersey area as well," said Gary S. Horan, chief executive of Trinitas. "We viewed the creation of the Ambulatory Surgery Center as a strategic imperative, an opportunity for expansion."

The medical center said 5,341 same-day surgeries were performed at Trinitas in 2013, up from 4,573 in 2012.

"The beauty of having a hospital-based ambulatory surgery center is that there is immediate access to the full services of the rest of our facility. This is added assurance for our patients who will come to this new Center for same-day surgeries," Horan said.

Hernia repair, gall bladder surgery and cataract removal are all among same-day surgeries that reflect the growing and changing needs of the community.

"By providing a new facility, we will support the work of our current medical staff, strengthen our ability to recruit new physicians, and assure patients of a superior patient experience," he said.

Trinitas said it raised $2 million from organizations, foundations, and individual donors to build the new facility.

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Beth Fitzgerald reports on health care, small business and higher education. She joined NJBIZ in 2008 after a 34-year career at the Star-Ledger and has been reporting on business in New Jersey since 1978. Her email is beth@njbiz.com and she is @bethfitzgerald8 on Twitter.

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