Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

St. Anthony Plans Outpatient Centers

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

St. Anthony Plans Outpatient Centers

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Without question, today's hospitals represent some of the largest complexes in the metro area. But don't for a minute think the health care industry has more brick and mortar than it needs.

St. Anthony Hospital will break ground Tuesday for a two-story outpatient surgery center alongside the hospital's North campus.

The 34,000-square-foot facility will be the hospital's second stand-alone outpatient center. Both it and the 88,000-square-foot structure under construction beside Bone & Joint Hospital should be completed and operational this fall. By the year 2000, St. Anthony expects to have three to four more such centers running across the metro area. Each will vary in size and cost, just as the $3.4 million structure to go up at St. Anthony North pales next to the $12 million complex under construction alongside Bone & Joint. "Each will be a little different," said Cynthia Archiniaco, vice president of planning and marketing, "depending on the kind of doctors that they'll be focused around." The construction rule of thumb is for costs to range from $150,000 to $1 million per each planned operating suite, she noted, "and what goes into the suite and how complicated it is depends on the type of procedures you're attempting to do." Stand-alone outpatient centers offer many advantages over traditional inpatient hospital procedures. Technological advances allow specialists to perform most surgeries less intrusively and without overnight observation. The lower costs appeal to patients and insurers alike. Separate centers also allow operators to nix indigent care if they wish, although Archiniaco stressed St. Anthony will not. "We are a nonprofit hospital with a serious commitment to our mission," she said. St. Anthony is not running in the outpatient surgery center derby alone. Other entrants range from hospitals like Columbia Presbyterian to the Oklahoma City Clinic and specialty shops like Renaissance Women's Centers. …

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