Ten-Thousandth Patient Milestone

The Ambulatory Surgical Center of Stevens Point (ASC) reached a major milestone in performing surgery on their 10,000th patient. The surgical center is one of 5,800 ambulatory surgical centers across the country performing an estimated 30 million procedures nationwide. This is phenomenal for an industry that started a mere 50 years ago.

Ten-thousand patients is no small feat for the independent surgical center which opened its doors to their first patient in August of 2006. It confirms they are here to stay and able to persist in the ever changing healthcare setting. “It validates the center’s commitment to the community to provide value based care relying upon reduced costs, high quality, and excellent patient satisfaction and convenience”, shares Becky Ziegler-Otis, Administrator of the ASC.

The ASC has grown steadily since 2006. The local healthcare providers, who own and operate the facility, are committed to providing quality health care to their community. The ASC focuses on elective, outpatient care, so the center has a healthy population that is not mixed with critically ill patients, reducing the potential for infections. “Our ASC demonstrates a successful transformation of health care delivery”, says Dr. John Fuller. Surgical Centers such as ours provide patients a safe, high quality, cost effective option for their elective surgery needs echoes Dr. C. Thomas DeRoche.

Common outpatient procedures such as arthroscopies (joint scopes), carpal tunnel release, bunion and hammertoe correction, pain management injections, cataract surgery and lithotripsy for kidney stones are performed at the center. A significant portion of the procedures performed are orthopedic in nature and completed by one of the six surgeons from Stevens Point Orthopedics – Doctors Banovetz, Guse, Haemmerle, Henneghan, Troyer, and Williams. “We are the best choice for outpatient surgical needs in Stevens Point and neighboring areas,” Dr. Troyer shares.

Similarly, Dr. Fuller of The Urology Clinic performs kidney and bladder procedures. Doctors DeRoche and Quinn, podiatrists, bring their foot patients to the center. Surgeons from the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin perform cataract extractions and other eye procedures. Back and neck surgery is done by Doctor Fairchild from WayPoint Spine and Dr. Augusto (Tito) Alinea and his staff provide the quality, state of the art anesthesia services.

The innovative surgical center led the nation as it began performing outpatient joint replacements in 2010. The center has proven, through exceptional patient outcomes and patient satisfaction survey scores, that they can perform these procedures safely and in a cost effective manner by taking advantage of medical advancements. “Advances in technology, smaller incision sites and outpatient anesthesia and pain management are just some of the factors that contribute to our success,” says Dr. Marcus Haemmerle.

Recently, the center has started performing spine procedures such as laminectomies, and anterior cervical spine fusion. “The combination of dedicated providers, a talented and compassionate staff, and our delightful central Wisconsin patient base creates a small town, family atmosphere in this state of the art surgery center,” shares Dr. James Banovetz.

“We want to thank the Stevens Point and surrounding communities for making our surgical center a success over the past fourteen years” Dr. Alinea shares. “We are proud to serve the individuals of Central Wisconsin.” If you would like a tour of our facility or more information on the Ambulatory Surgical Center of Stevens Point, please feel free to contact the center at 715-345-0500.