Harrison plans to build new surgery center

Harrison Medical Center is currently developing plans for an outpatient surgery center in Silverdale, providing patients with a facility where they can have minor operations performed without the necessity of an overnight stay.

The groundbreaking has already occurred, with expected early 2007 opening. Hospital spokeswoman Patty Hart said specific plans and the project’s budget are as yet undecided.

Hart said such procedures would include ophthalmological (eye) procedures, ear, nose and throat, general surgery (appendix, gall bladder) and plastic surgery.

The facility would schedule procedures during normal working hours and close at night. Any patient needing special attention or an overnight stay would be transferred to facilities in Silverdale or Bremerton.

Hart said the facility would be equipped with emergency equipment, should a patient’s heath take an unexpected turn.

“Any patient who needs more attention will have to stay overnight,” Hart said.

The surgery center will be located in the Clear Creek Professional Building currently under construction on Levin Road in Silverdale.

The venture represents a joint effort between Harrison and Kitsap Outpatient Surgeons, LLC, and was based on the state’s approval of a Certificate of Need.

The partners include ophthalmologists Dr. Jason Chung, Dr. Eric Cole and Dr. Todd Schniederman along with anesthesiologists Dr. Dr. John Kerrigan and Dr. Blake Reiter.

Harrison President and CEO Scott Bosch said in a press release that the surgery center will complement existing healthcare in the area and increase patient convenience. “The partnership and business venture with Kitsap Outpatient Surgeons is an exciting one for us because it augments the exceptional care closer to home for those we serve,” he said.

The joint venture resembles others which Harrison conducts with imaging and other medical facilities throughout the region.

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