Ambulatory Surgery Center at Banner Thunderbird to transition to hospital outpatient surgery department
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Aug. 16, 2013) – Banner Health is acquiring full ownership of the ambulatory surgery center on the campus of Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale. With this change, the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) will transition to become the outpatient surgery department for Banner Thunderbird. The transition is anticipated to be completed in late October.
The ASC, located on the west end of the Glendale hospital’s campus, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road in Glendale, will allow the 561-bed Banner Thunderbird Medical Center to consolidate the majority of its outpatient surgeries within the former ASC to provide more inpatient surgical capacity. The added capacity will make it easier for Banner Thunderbird’s surgeons to schedule patient surgeries at a time that meets their needs and the needs of their patients.
As part of the transition, Banner is investing $2.6 million into the department to add an industry-leading electronic medical records system and make significant improvements, including upgrades to the surgical suites (new tables and operating room lights, better patient monitoring equipment and a new C-arm), new work stations, and an upgraded heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. The improvements are projected to be completed in late October, as well.
The facility has been majority owned by Banner Health with minority ownership by a small group of surgeons. Under an agreement reached with the physicians, Banner will be purchasing the physicians’ minority ownership stake and transitioning the center under Banner Thunderbird Medical Center’s operating license.
About Banner Thunderbird
Banner Thunderbird is a community hospital specializing in pediatric care, orthopedic surgery, heart care, emergency care, surgical services, cancer care and obstetrics. Banner Thunderbird is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 24 hospitals in seven states. Supporting Banner Thunderbird’s mission of excellent patient care is the Banner Health Foundation, which encourages charitable giving to enhance health care delivery. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com/Thunderbird or Facebook.