NASHUA — A new surgical facility has opened in the city that is focusing on thoughtful care, an intimate atmosphere and medical treatments that do not require an overnight stay in the hospital.
The Surgery Center of Greater Nashua opened for business on Tuesday at 10 Prospect St. in downtown Nashua, adjacent to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center where the former Lamprey Health Care once operated.
The facility is operating as a nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors with representatives from three area health care organizations — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua, Southern New Hampshire Health System and St. Joseph Healthcare.
“We are excited to collaborate on a venture where trusted and experienced physicians from our three organizations and others in our community can provide patient care and surgeries in the outpatient setting,” said Dr. Sabine Manoli of St. Joseph Healthcare.
The Surgery Center of Greater Nashua is equipped with three operating rooms and 14 bays for patients either preparing for or recovering from surgery. The facility is designed for patients having surgery or procedures under general or local anesthesia that do not require an overnight stay.
Procedures performed at the facility are expected to cost less than in the traditional hospital setting, often resulting in savings to the party responsible for paying for the patient’s care, according to a release.
The $1.7 million facility was funded equally by all three entities and is currently employing about 10 workers. Once volume picks up, an estimated 15 to 20 workers will be hired at the site, said Craig Beck, president of the board of directors for the Surgery Center of Greater Nashua.
During the initial first year, Beck said he expects about 1,500 to 2,000 procedures to be performed at the new center and anywhere from 3,500 to 4,000 procedures once it is at full capacity.
Additional procedures will be available as time progresses, according to Beck, who said the 10,000-square-foot facility is in negotiations with various health insurance providers. In addition, it is in the middle of an application to gain Medicare and Medicaid patients, which will greatly increase the number of individuals eligible to utilize services, he said.
“We are able to offer a surgical service of great value to the community by providing high quality surgical care as efficiently as possible in the outpatient setting,” said Dr. Sanders Burstein, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua’s medical director.
The Surgery Center of Greater Nashua provides patients and surgeons with an additional resource for cost-effective surgical care in a safe and convenient setting, said Dr. Kenneth Howe of Southern New Hampshire Health System.
Some of the services that are available at the ambulatory surgical center include: arthroscopy procedures, advanced laparoscopic procedures, tonsillectomy, endoscopic sinus surgery, septoplasty, podiatry surgeries, endoscopies, colonoscopies, colorectal screenings and plastic surgery such as rhinoplasty, liposuction, and breast augmentation and reduction.
In 1992, the same three health organizations worked collaboratively to open the Radiation Center of Greater Nashua, which is still providing radiation therapy services in southern New Hampshire.
Executive director of the new Surgery Center of Greater Nashua is Laura Hartmann, who offered a tour of the center during an opening celebration on Wednesday. Hours of operation are from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.