Washington State Senator Visits OCR, Harmony Surgery Center

ForеКRelease: Jan. 13, 2015

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Washington State Senator Visits OCR, Harmony Surgery Center

Ranking Member of Washington State Senate Health Care Committee Receives Briefing
on Best Practices of Colorado Surgery Centers

Sen. Frockt Visit to OCR
Washington State Sen. David Frockt, right, with Barb Hardes, RN, and Mike Bergerson of Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies

Photo Courtesy of Simon J. Schwartz

FORT COLLINS, Colo. ‰ЫТ The Colorado Ambulatory Surgery Center Association recently coordinated with a large Seattle area physician group with 19 surgery centers, to arrange a visit for the ranking member of the Washington State Senate Health Care Committee, Sen. David Frockt, to Fort Collins.

The Jan. 9 meeting, held at the Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies (OCR) and Harmony Surgery Center in Fort Collins, included a tour and briefing with administrators, physicians and other health care professionals on how Colorado surgery centers operate, compared to surgery centers in Washington State.еК

Hosting the visit were Barbara Hardes, RN, Chief Operating Officer, and Mike Bergerson, CEO, of OCR, and Rebecca R. Craig, CEO of Harmony Surgery Center.

Craig, who is also past president of CASCA and current vice president of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), said, “We were pleased to host Sen. Frockt and discuss how Colorado ASCs operate. I am proud our reputation for excellence is growing.”
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ASCs are free-standing health care facilities that provide same-day surgical, diagnostic, and preventive procedures. Surgery centers offer patients low infection rates, personalized care, and short wait times. Surgery centers typically charge far less than hospitals do.
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Chris Skagen, executive director of CASCA, stated, “It is crucial that we educate legislators, regulators and others from our state and all states about the unique role ASCs play in delivering cost-effective, quality health care.”
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As the ranking member of the Washington State Senate Health Care Committee, Frockt is committed to educating himself and his colleagues on ASC best practices throughout the nation. Commenting on the tour, Frockt said, “I want to thank Proliance Surgeons (the Seattle medical group) and CASCA for making this field trip possible. I was impressed with what I saw and heard and plan on bringing what I learned back to the Washington State Legislature.”

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About OCR
The Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies and its 25 doctors provide patients with specialized orthopaedic, spine, sports medicine, sports concussion, and podiatry care. The practice, founded in 1969, has offices in Fort Collins and Loveland, CO. OCR‰ЫЄs services also include surgery centers, radiology, therapy, and orthopaedic work injury care. For more information:еК
www.orthohealth.com

About Harmony
Harmony Ambulatory Surgery Center in Fort Collins is a multi-specialty facility with four operating rooms, six private rooms for overnight stays, a GI endoscopy center, and more. For details: www.harmonyasc.com

About Proliance SurgeonsеЁ
Proliance Surgeons, Inc., P.S., is one of the largest surgical practices in the country, with 210 physicians specializing in Orthopedics, Ear, Nose & Throat, Ophthalmology, Urogynecology, Urology, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and General Surgery in the Seattle area.

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