Allegheny Health Network Opens New Surgery Center in Monroeville

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Allegheny Health Network this month will open the doors to its new, state-of-the-art surgery center in Monroeville.   A media tour of the facility is scheduled for today between 11 am and 1 pm.

Located in the former Syms clothing store building at 4121 Monroeville Boulevard, the 23,500 square foot Allegheny Health Network Surgery Center houses four large general operating rooms, including one equipped for cystoscopy procedures , three additional rooms designed for endoscopy and other procedures, 10 preoperative patient bays and 14 postoperative patient bays.

Allegheny Health Network officials said the surgery center’s unique design enhances the outpatient surgery experience by providing surgeons with greatly expanded operating rooms, leading-edge technology and a clinical model that expedites the flow of patients through the facility.

“We are very excited to celebrate the opening of this beautiful new surgery center and to establish yet another vital healthcare resource for those who live in the eastern suburbs and physicians who practice there,” said Tony Farah, MD, Chief Medical Officer for the Allegheny Health Network.

“With the ongoing expansion of advanced in-patient services at our nearby Forbes Hospital campus, including the trauma program launched this week and growing programs in cardiovascular medicine, women’s health and neurosurgery, the new surgery center further solidifies Allegheny Health Network’s footprint in the region and reflects our commitment to providing this community with a complete scope of patient care services close to home.”

Dr. Farah said interest in the surgery center from both Allegheny Health Network affiliated physicians and independent surgical groups in the area has been extremely high, and coordinators at the facility are scheduling surgical cases for next week.

The surgery center will initially offer the following surgical services, with more specialties expected to be added in the future:

  • GI/Endoscopy
  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Podiatry
  • Urology

According to Bonnie Irvin, Vice President, Allegheny Health Network, close attention was paid to every detail of the surgery center – from its aesthetic appeal and patient friendly accommodations to the design and capabilities of the clinical space.

“The true measure of a surgery center is the efficiency of the process from the time a patient walks through the door to when they are returning home, and how that patient is cared for every step of the way,” Irvin said.

“Surgery of any kind can be a stressful experience.  Our facility was built to ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care in a convenient and comfortable setting, and by a skilled and compassionate  staff that is focused on doing everything possible to help them achieve a positive outcome.”

Irvin said healthcare professionals with extensive ambulatory surgery experience and a commitment to service excellence were recruited to staff the surgery center.

Paul Lebovitz, MD, an Allegheny Health Network gastroenterologist, said he expects the facility to become a preferred practice site for many surgeons and physicians with patients based in Monroeville and the surrounding area.

One example of the surgery center’s enhanced surgical capabilities is the efficiency with which staff can turn over operating rooms to accommodate subsequent cases.  Whereas the average turnover time at some facilities can be as high as 40 minutes, turnover can be done in less than 15 minutes at the new surgery center.

“The surgery center is an all-around fantastic facility that we believe will exceed the expectations of both physicians and patients.   And as more and more surgical procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, this facility and others like it in the Allegheny Health Network will position us well for the future,” Dr. Lebovitz said.

The surgery center will be open Monday through Friday with procedures typically starting between 7 and 7:30 am and finishing around 4 pm.   Parking is free at the site