ATLANTA (April 13, 2010) — Designed with optimum patient comfort in mind, the Piedmont Surgery Center, a subsidiary of Piedmont Healthcare, is now treating patients at the Piedmont Hospital Outpatient Center at Piedmont West Medical Office Park on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta. The new 15,600-square-foot facility provides services in general, orthopaedic, gynecological, urological and plastic surgeries.
The new surgery center complements Piedmont Hospital’s existing McDonnell Surgery Center on the Piedmont Hospital campus, giving patients and their surgeons more choices for outpatient surgery. It has four operating rooms, two procedure rooms and 17 perioperative beds (for preoperative care and post-operative recovery).
“As in all of Piedmont’s hospitals and physician practices, our goal is to balance quality patient care with maximum patient comfort,” said Robert Simmons, vice president of ambulatory services for Piedmont Hospital. “We know no one wants to have surgery. But if you have to be here, we want to make it the most pleasant experience you can have under the circumstances.”
To accomplish that goal, technical processes like patient admissions have been streamlined, and the facility’s design has made use of warm colors and soothing lighting to reduce stress. The surgery center is focused on efficient outpatient procedures that result in recovering quicker and going home sooner.
Orthopaedic surgeon Peter Symbas, M.D., the surgery center’s medical director, said, “There are several additional benefits to the outpatient setting. For otherwise relatively healthy patients who do not need 24-hour nursing care after surgery, outpatient procedures are easier to schedule and complete than in a traditional setting since there are no interruptions from emergency situations. Plus, patients have a lower risk of infection because their stays are brief.”
In addition to the new Piedmont Surgery Center at this location, the Piedmont Hospital Outpatient Center offers a variety of imaging services such as PET/CT scans, MRI, ultrasound, diagnostic radiology, digital mammography, bone density (DEXA) and general X-ray. The Outpatient Center also is home to the Piedmont Hospital Cancer Center which offers chemotherapy with private and semi-private treatment areas, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, gynecologic oncology, liver cancer services and Cancer Wellness.
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