N.C. – Dec. 11, 2017
– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in
partnership with Surgical Care Affiliates, LLC (SCA), a leader in the
outpatient surgery industry, celebrated the opening of Wake Forest Baptist
Health Outpatient Surgery – Clemmons this morning at the new 12,500-square-foot
It is Wake Forest Baptist’s first standalone outpatient
surgery center and the first of its kind in the Village of Clemmons.
Wake Forest Baptist and SCA are joint owners in the
venture, with Wake Forest Baptist as the majority owner.
The facility features three state-of-the-art operating
rooms where scheduled outpatient procedures will be performed including
gynecology, orthopaedics, otolaryngology and plastic and general surgery.
“This is a great partnership that will help improve
the cost and convenience of health care for our patients,” said Julie
Ann Freischlag, M.D., CEO, Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center, and Interim Dean, Wake Forest School of Medicine. “Our partnership with Surgical Care Affiliates
allows us to streamline the process related to supply chain, staffing and
scheduling. This can potentially result in a reduction of out-of-pocket costs
for patients, compared to hospital-based surgeries.”
The surgery center offers free parking and easy drop-off
and pick-up access in front of the facility for patients and family members.
“One convenient location, close to home is just one
reason why we planned this outpatient surgery center,” said Kevin P. High, M.D., executive vice president, health system affairs, Wake
Forest Baptist Health. “It will meet the growing need in Clemmons and the
surrounding area by providing safe and efficient surgeries in an outpatient
setting. This allows our patients to recover in the comfort of their own homes.”
Wake Forest Baptist chose SCA, part of Optum, as its
strategic partner to build its Clemmons surgery facility because SCA
specializes in developing surgical facilities across the country. SCA is
affiliated with more than 200 surgical facilities, including ambulatory surgery
centers and surgical hospitals, in partnership with approximately 3,000
“The outpatient setting offers patients a high-quality
experience in a comfortable setting,” said Kelli Collins, vice president of operations,
SCA. “Typically, we see higher patient satisfaction scores
due to more one-on-one engagement and a process that enables patients to have their
procedures completed more efficiently. As an academic medical center, Wake Forest Baptist is known for outstanding
patient- and family-centered care, which will be reflected in the surgical
services offered in this location.”
Summit Healthcare Group – a Winston-Salem based, real
estate development company specializing in medical office projects – is the
developer for the project.
The architect is Design Strategies, LLC of Charlotte and
the general contractor is Frank L. Blum Construction Company, based in Winston-Salem.
Construction of the single-story building took
approximately 10 months with a total project cost of $8.1 million.