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VIDEO: New Ambulatory Surgery and Procedure Center will improve outpatient surgical care

Watch as our physicians and leaders describe how our new Ambulatory Surgery and Procedure Center will improve patient care.
Our new Ambulatory Surgery and Procedure Center is located within the larger University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center, which will open on Feb. 29, 2016.
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Convenient. Innovative. Accessible.

Those are a few of the words our physicians and leaders are using to describe our new Ambulatory Surgery and Procedure Center, which is currently under development and will open in 2016.

The Ambulatory Surgery and Procedure Center will be located on the fifth floor of University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center, a 342,000-square-foot facility opening on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Medical Center campus in February 2016.

“The Ambulatory Surgery Center represents our opportunity to bring patients the very best of outpatient care in a freestanding, lower-cost setting that is really built around meeting their needs,” said former University of Minnesota Health Co-President Carolyn Wilson.

Watch this video to learn more about our Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Located in proximity to a wide range of other specialty clinics, the Ambulatory Surgery and Procedure Center will facilitate collaboration and communication between each member of a patient’s care team.

“The fact that different clinics can coordinate more effectively means fewer scheduling barriers for patients,” said University of Minnesota Health Surgeon Sayeed Ikramuddin, MD, the executive medical director of surgery.

Learn more about the University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center.

The Clinics and Surgery Center will also house our Preoperative Assessment Center (PAC), which helps prepare patients for surgery. Patients will be able to receive their pre-surgical health evaluations at the PAC, which allows for more efficient scheduling, avoidance of surgical cancellations and a quicker turnaround time for completion of the surgical procedure.

That’s not all. The Ambulatory Surgery and Procedure Center will help reduce costs for patients.

“It’s going to provide a convenient place for our patients to have their outpatient surgeries without incurring an additional facility fee or hospital-based fee,” said Internist Lynne Fiscus, MD, who is the medical director of the Clinics and Surgery Center.

“A lot of things that had been done in an inpatient environment are now being done in an ambulatory [or outpatient] setting,” said University of Minnesota Health Co-President Bobbi Daniels, MD. “That makes it much more convenient for patients to be able to go home at night. It makes it much less expensive for them. It really allows us to do other innovations that enhance care.”

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