Saint Augustine, FL – February 25, 2015 - On Tuesday, February 24th, representatives from Flagler Hospital's board of directors and administration team joined community leaders, area physicians and hospital staff to celebrate the opening of Flagler Surgery Center with a ribbon cutting and reception. Located at 180 Southpark Blvd., the previously named St. Augustine Surgery Center (SASC) center has been closed for construction, since Flagler Hospital acquired it in October of 2014.
"We are extremely pleased to add this facility and staff to the Flagler Hospital family," said Flagler Hospital President & CEO Joe Gordy. "Our goal is to maximize convenience and efficiency for our patients and physicians, while maintaining the highest standards of quality and service, including the design enhancements featured on Tuesday."
Approximately 3,800 cases are performed at the surgery center 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. "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."
Flagler Hospital Chief Operating Officer Christopher Schmidt was on hand to cut the ribbon, joined by Dinesh Madhok, MD, surgery center administrator Stephanie Martin and clinical coordinator Peggy McGriskin
About Flagler Hospital
Flagler Hospital is a 335 bed, acute care hospital that has consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by leading ratings agencies. The hospital has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine, Florida since its founding in 1889. Flagler Hospital's focus on quality has resulted in numerous national accreditations including, designation as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, ANCC Magnet Status for Nursing Excellence, the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Care Centers, National accreditation for its total hip and total knee replacement programs and accreditation of its Cancer Institute by the Commission on Cancer.