Bronson Healthcare will break ground on a new $19.3 million ambulatory surgery center in mid-October at I-94 and Ninth St. in Kalamazoo.
The new Bronson Outpatient Surgery Center will be built on a portion of the 52-acre Kalamazoo site that Bronson is developing into a health village, which will include medical offices, diagnostics, rehabilitation and other outpatient-related services.
The new center will include four large operating rooms that will primarily serve patients who are undergoing outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine procedures.
“With more and more people choosing Bronson for surgery, our health system is continuing to invest in improving access to care across the region,” Bronson Healthcare President and CEO Bill Manns said. “Our new outpatient surgery center at Bronson Health Village in Kalamazoo will offer many new conveniences for our patients that will make their day of surgery experience a smooth one. Plus, from a transportation standpoint, the location is very convenient to get to and from 131 and I-94.”
Bronson has experienced a 15% increase in the total number of surgeries performed at the Bronson Methodist Hospital over a five-year period. The new ambulatory surgery center is expected to open up capacity and help reduce wait times for patients who are undergoing other procedures at Bronson Methodist Hospital, including inpatient cases referred to the tertiary center throughout the region.
According to the hospital, approximately 5,400 orthopedic-related cases per year can be shifted from the hospital’s 21 operating rooms, which are all outpatient procedures performed on patients who do not require hospitalization and for whom the expected duration of care is under 24 hours.
“Advancements in orthopedic surgery and anesthesia techniques and technology have made it possible for surgeons to perform a growing number of bone, joint and spinal procedures safely and effectively in an outpatient surgical setting,” said Bronson Orthopedic Surgeon Bernard Roehr, MD. “Patients and surgeons alike appreciate the ease and efficiency a freestanding surgical facility provides while still achieving excellent outcomes.”
The Bronson Outpatient Surgery Center is expected to open spring 2023.