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January 21, 2011
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate acquires downtown Syracuse surgery center

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Upstate University Hospital has acquired the Harrison Outpatient Surgery Center located in the medical complex at 550 Harrison St. in downtown Syracuse.

The center has be renamed the Upstate Outpatient Surgery Center and surgical cases in the new location began Jan. 20.

Upstate will perform procedures related to ear, nose and throat, gynecology, neurology neurosurgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, podiatry, urology, general surgery as well as pain management.

The space is 19,396 square feet and includes six operating suites, pre-care and recovery areas, plus an array of surgical equipment and technology.

Roxanne Taylor, deputy director of nursing for surgical services, said the new location for outpatient surgical cases will enhance patient convenience. Most of Upstate’s current volume of cases that are considered outpatient surgery are performed in the operating suites located at the hospital. “This new location will be more efficient and convenient for patients with plenty of off-street parking only steps away from the center,” she said.

The acquisition of the center will also bring greater efficiencies to hospital operations. “Bringing these outpatient cases to this new surgery center will free up the hospital’s operating suite for more complicated inpatient procedures,” Taylor said.

Taylor said the new center provides Upstate with the capacity to perform more than 5,000 outpatient cases annually.

Clinical employees of the Harrison Outpatient Surgery Center have been offered jobs with the new surgery center and physicians who practiced at the facility prior to its sale will be able to continue to use the facility.

Upstate purchased the business and all its equipment for $2.3 million from Holdings LLC, which operated the former Harrison Outpatient Surgery Center, which closed in December 2010. The space will continue to be leased from the Sutton Companies.

Upstate’s internal medicine, ophthalmology and radiology programs are also located in 550 Harrison St.

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