New Surgery Center to Open in Brooklyn Park in Early 2022
As health care continues to evolve, one particular area that’s changing is where surgeries are performed.
As opposed to having surgery at a traditional hospital, there is a shift to having more surgeries done at more efficient and less costly ambulatory surgery centers. In early 2022, a brand new surgery center will open in Brooklyn Park.
Allina, SCA Partner to Build Brooklyn Park Surgery Center
The new surgery center will be located along the growing Highway 610 corridor, off the Zane Avenue exit. Allina Health System and Surgical Care Affiliates, a division of Optum, have partnered to lease the new facility that will be developed by the Davis group. The 18,000-square-foot surgery center will be the main tenant within a larger medical building developed at the site.
According to Dave Slowinske, senior vice president for operations for operations at Allina Health, the number and type of surgeries that will be performed at the Brooklyn Park facility are significant.
“It will include ear, nose, throat, general surgery, orthopedics, urology; really a full spectrum,” said Slowinske.
Slowinske says the cost of these surgeries is typically up to 50 percent less than in a traditional hospital setting. It will also help free up Allina hospitals, such as Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, to do the more complex surgeries.
The new Brooklyn Park location will have 50 employees, not including surgeons.
Reasons for Surgery Center Growth
There are a couple main reasons behind the growth in surgery centers. The aging population is one factor. Another is market driven.
“I think we can all agree that health care is too expensive, the experience is often fragmented and not what we would want as patients,” said Slowinske. “The shift into these ambulatory surgery centers are solutions to that.”
The Allina-SCA partnership also operates the WestHealth Surgery Center in Plymouth. The joint venture also acquired a majority stake in an ambulatory surgery center in Maple Grove in December.
In total, through acquisition or construction, Allina Health will have eight ambulatory surgery centers by next year after having just one a little over a year ago.
“The number and the type of surgeries, and the number of health care conditions that an ambulatory surgery center can safely treat, continues to grow,” said Slowinske. “They’re incredibly safe and efficient. You get to go home, you’ll be discharged to your home that same day.”