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Congresswoman Ashley Hinson’s Tour of Surgery Center Cedar Rapids Highlights the Role of ASCs during the Pandemic

Surgery Center Cedar Rapids in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Surgery Center Cedar Rapids staff, providers, and UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s administration explained to Congresswoman Hinson the role ambulatory surgery centers in providing high-quality care and low-cost outpatient option to our community.  Surgery Center Cedar Rapids also explained the importance of their role during the COVID pandemic.   

During the COVID pandemic, Surgery Center Cedar Rapids was able to provide staffing support to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s during their closure, stemming from Governor Reynolds March 2020 Proclamation to suspend all non-essential or elective procedures.  In addition to staffing support, Surgery Center Cedar Rapids, also provided information to Congresswoman Ashley Hinson on the ability for their center to give PPE and other essential patient care items to assist UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s in caring for this patient population during this time.

The Surgery Center Cedar Rapids staff, providers, and UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s administration also discussed feedback on the positive impact of federal economic assistance for their facility and employees through the CARES Act Provider Relief Funds.

“We are please that Congresswoman Ashley Hinson was able to dedicate time to see the importance of Surgery Center Cedar Rapids for our community, but also for care provided to patients across the country.” Julie Brinegar, Executive Director, Surgery Center Cedar Rapids. 

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), like Surgery Center Cedar Rapids, provide high-quality care to surgical patients across the country. This tour focused on giving community members and public officials an inside look at the patient-centered service that ASCs offer, the insight on their role during the COVID pandemic, and why more patients and doctors are choosing these medical facilities for their health care needs.


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