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Surgery Center Cedar Rapids Completes 128,000 Surgical Procedures and saves Patients and the Community more than $110 Million

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The state-of-the-art facility is designed for efficiency and convenience to handle an array of surgical and procedural specialties that don’t require inpatient hospitalization.  Since its inception, Surgery Center Cedar Rapids has provided surgical advancements to our patients including same-day total joint replacement surgery, the introduction of the Inspire device for patients with sleep apnea and added an additional 7,000 square feet to provide for our growing patient population and technology. 

“St. Luke’s decided nearly twenty years ago that working in partnership with community physicians to offer a lower cost, quality alternative for surgery was in the best interest of the community.” said Michelle Niermann, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s.  “Over the years, the bulk of St. Luke’s lower intensity surgeries migrated to the center and the results have saved patients and insurers more than $110 million and the best part is, the center has exceeded patient satisfaction expectations. Hitting a milestone of 20 years, 128,000 surgeries and offering a lower cost alternative is proof this an alternative was the right thing to do for our community so many years ago.” The majority of the financial savings go to insurance providers who cover the bulk of the procedural costs but patients still saved more than $24 million in copays and deductibles.  “As patients continue to pay for a larger share of their health care coverage every year on top of their monthly premiums, the savings becomes more noticeable.” said Dr. David Hart, President and Medical Director of Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa.  “Outpatient surgery facilities have become commonplace throughout the country and are extremely popular because they offer a lower cost as well as convenience to patients.  We are very pleased that Cedar Rapids area residents have had access to this type of facility.”


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