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Mercy Surgery Center opens at Baptist West in Turkey Creek

Mercy Surgery Center West opened for its first procedure Monday, Jan. 11.

The 21,527 square-foot, $13 million facility opened on the Baptist Hospital West campus in Turkey Creek.

The Surgery Center features four operating rooms and two endoscopic suites, taking over a variety of outpatient procedures from the main hospital.

“The operating rooms at the hospital itself are very crowded, with space at a premium. This takes some of the pressure off that, so they can do some of the large-scale surgeries in the hospital,” Mercy spokesman Craig Griffith said.

Outpatient procedures are becoming more common, Griffith said, as technologies improve.

“It is a growing trend in healthcare. Things have changed a lot: the anesthesia has improved, the equipment is better,” Griffith said.

“People want to spend as little time as possible in the hospital,” he added.

The ambulatory surgery center will perform a variety of outpatient procedures, including gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures, pain management, plastic surgery, gynecologic, ENT, orthopedic, general surgery and others.

“It’s whatever can be done in a day; any procedures that don’t require an overnight stay,” Griffith said.

“Patients who have surgery at Mercy Surgery Center West arrive on the day of the surgery, have their procedure and then recover under the care of a specialized nursing staff until they are ready to go home,” Jeff Ashin, Mercy Health Partners Metro Division COO, said in a press release.

“There are recovery areas. You’d be in nurses’ care until you’re ready to go home,” Griffith said.

The Surgery Center is state-of-the art, he added, featuring hi-definition endoscopic equipment.

Robotic surgery equipment debuted Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Baptist Hospital West.

“It’s a real step forward. It’s the only one out west,” Griffith said.

The Surgery Center only occupies the first floor of the new building; the rest is office space and private practices.

“It’s filling in with a women’s care practice and a neurological practice,” Griffith said.

Mercy Surgery Center, 10800 Parkside Drive, is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit


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