Flagler Hospital announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire St. Augustine Surgery Center (SASC) located at 180 Southpark Blvd. in St. Augustine, Florida, with an anticipated closing date of October 31, 2014. The center currently operates as a joint venture between Massachusetts-based Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America (ASCOA) and ten locally-based surgeons.
"As an increasing number of procedures continue to shift to the outpatient setting, our board of trustees identified growth in the outpatient arena as a key area of focus for the hospital during our strategic planning process," said Flagler Hospital President & CEO Joe Gordy. "We are extremely pleased to add this facility and staff to the Flagler Hospital family, with a goal to maximize convenience and efficiency for our patients and physicians, while maintaining the highest standards of quality and service."
Approximately 3,800 cases are performed at SASC annually in the areas of ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pain management, podiatry, urology, gynecology and general surgery.
Flagler Hospital Executive Vice President and Chief Integration Officer Jason Barrett views this expansion of services fundamental to achieving improved population health for the local community over the long term. "We are fortunate to have built a strong and collegial relationship with our area physicians over the years - and that is the ultimate key to improving our community's health," commented Barrett. "Having a larger stake in the outpatient setting allows Flagler Hospital to lead the way in improving coordination of patient care across all care settings."
The surgery center is slated to go under construction in November to meet certain state licensure requirements and also incorporate design enhancements. Flagler Hospital plans to utilize the outpatient surgery center staff at its main location during construction and will work with area physicians to accommodate all their surgical cases at Flagler until the freestanding center reopens as Flagler Surgery Center in February.