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Surgery Center to Open at White Marsh

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The lobby at White Marsh.

When Johns Hopkins at White Marsh inaugurates its $1.5 million ambulatory surgery center in June, the shiny new facility will solve some of the knotty challenges entangling the medical system. And not a moment too soon.

Operating rooms at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and The Johns Hopkins Hospital are overextended even as more and more surgical procedures now can be done more efficiently on an outpatient basis. “In the hospital setting, simple procedures such as repairing a meniscus tear can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half,” says orthopedic surgeon Timothy Johnson, medical director of the new surgery center. “In an outpatient environment, the identical procedure can be performed in just eight minutes.”

By reallocating outpatient procedures to White Marsh, Hopkins Hospital and Bayview will be able to free up operating-room time for more inpatient procedures. “This will have a positive impact on both the overall operation of the hospital and the bottom line,” says Greg Schaffer, president of Bayview.

Run by Johns Hopkins Medical Management Corporation, White Marsh opened in July 2000. Since then, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians has developed a large primary care practice there. Ophthalmology, orthopedics, cardiology and Ob/Gyn are growing specialty practices, and clinical support services like a pharmacy, laboratory, and imaging center staffed by Hopkins radiologists are flourishing. In all, White Marsh now gets about 115,000 patient visits a year.

The new surgery center is expected to attract White Marsh patients who might have gone elsewhere for their operations.

Initially, the 9,000-square-foot surgery center will serve 15 physicians in orthopedics (the largest specialty), pain management, gastroenterology, otolaryngology, urology and podiatry. Some 4,500 procedures annually are expected to generate $1.5 million in revenue.

Lydia Levis Bloch

 

 

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