State approves ambulatory surgery center replacement

artist's rendering of approved ambulatory surgery centerCarle will build a new ambulatory surgery center in southwest Champaign to meet the increasing need for care in the community. The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved plans to move services offered at the Champaign SurgiCenter from Mattis Avenue to a new freestanding facility at Curtis and Staley roads.

“We explained to the State Board the need to expand outpatient surgical capabilities in the region, with more people requiring this level of care,” said Caleb Miller, Carle vice president for surgical services. 

“We’re thrilled to get approval to move forward with a new facility designed to accommodate the growing numbers of patients requiring different kinds of outpatient surgery.”

The new location will have more patient care space, including additional operating rooms, recovery space and staff work space. 

“Our 20-year-old facility wasn’t built for the types of surgery we perform today,” said Ryan Porter, MD, Carle otolaryngologist and associate medical director for ambulatory surgery centers. “Outpatient surgery is now the standard of care for many more procedures, and those require larger operating rooms and support space.”

Demand for outpatient surgery has increased significantly, with 17 percent more surgical volume at the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) over the last five years due to advances in surgery and an aging population with more chronic conditions. 

Operations performed at Champaign SurgiCenter, as well as many same-day surgeries at Carle Foundation Hospital, will be performed at the new facility, freeing up hospital operating room space for trauma, neuro, cardiovascular and other complex surgeries requiring inpatient care.

The building will be located at the new Carle at The Fields development off Interstate 57 in Champaign. Construction is scheduled to begin later this spring with opening anticipated by 2019.