Ambulatory surgery center about putting patient needs first

Posted: Mar. 4, 2019 12:40 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

For years, we have worked and lived in this great community. We are friends, parents, grandparents. We are you. As physicians, we are here first for our patients.

The proposal by Quincy physicians to build an outpatient surgery center is in response to patient needs. We constantly advocate for patients and feel empowered to be a voice for them. This surgery center is for the patient who delays or avoids having a potentially life-saving procedure due to cost, or the one who has their surgery outside of their hometown, without their trusted physician, because they can't bear the financial impact of local hospital fees. In essence, the project is about you, our patients, friends, neighbors and family.

The structure and mission behind the proposal considers the whole picture of the patients' health, which includes cost. It is well-documented that ambulatory surgery centers cost less than hospital-based facilities.

Cost matters to all our patients, for those who are uninsured, have Medicaid and Medicare, and commercial and private insurance. The high cost of the current hospital-based ambulatory surgery center in Quincy is not financially feasible for many patients.

Beyond cost, this center would be an environment where patients have greater scheduling flexibility, where comforts of convenience and personalized attention are prioritized and where facility design, technology and equipment best suit the needs of exemplary care without sacrificing patient safety. Most of all, it is a facility that will accommodate the demand we are seeing across the region.

The development of the surgery center was never meant to pit one entity against another; it's about doing what is best for our patients and community. The decision to move forward with this project was made after considerable research and heart-felt consideration. Conversation and ongoing efforts with Blessing Hospital failed to bring us to the best solution, so QMG physicians elected to propose another option for our patients.

We have complete faith that Blessing Hospital will continue to provide excellent patient care, especially in the areas of inpatient psychiatry and emergency services. We do not believe our proposed surgery center will change their mission or ability to fulfill that mission.

The proposed project by Quincy Medical Group is the right one and will greatly benefit our communities. It is something we as a community should stand firmly behind.

Tanya Mero, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology