Metro’s MidTowne Surgery Center preps for patients


    The gurneys are covered and the scalpels are sterilized as Metro Health Hospital’s new ambulatory surgery center near downtown Grand Rapids preps for its first case.

    The $10.4 million facility, in 17,200 square feet of leased space on the second floor of the MidTowne Village Women’s Health Center of West Michigan at 555 MidTowne St. NE, near the I-196 and College Avenue interchange, has five operating rooms, a staff of 14, and is awaiting certification for accepting Medicare patients, said Windy Korstang, administrator and director of nursing for the Wyoming hospital’s first off-site surgical center. The first non-Medicare cases and accreditation are expected shortly.

    The surgery center is open to women, men and children, Korstang said. Specialties represented include podiatry, orthopedics, urology, gynecology, plastic surgery, hand surgery, ear, nose and throat, and general surgery, she said.

    Interest has come not only from doctors associated with Metro Health, but others as well, she said.

    In its application for Michigan Department of Community Health Certificate of Need approval for the project, Metro Health pegged the cost at $10.4 million and said the center expected to serve 3,300 people annually.

    The surgery center has three operating rooms, with a fourth shelled in for future expansion, Korstang said. The pre-operative area and Post Anesthesia Care Unit can accommodate about a half-dozen people each, including babies. Metro Health Hospital has nine operating rooms in its two-year-old Wyoming facility.

    Doctors had input in the build-out, Korstang said, such as requesting that all the operating rooms be the same size. The décor throughout is a cool blue and green scheme, warmed with light wood tones and natural lighting.

    “I think the location is great,” Korstang said of the new surgery center. “Having easy access to the highway, close parking, free parking — all of those things, I think, are really exciting.”

    Metro Health spokeswoman Ellen Bristol said the MidTowne Surgery Center is a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of the nonprofit hospital.

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