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Olean General Hospital Breaks Ground for new Ambulatory Surgery Center

Posted on: 10/27/2010

Olean General Hospital marked the start of an important new project for the advancement of surgical services in the community on October 27, with a groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital’s ambulatory surgery center located across from the hospital at 500 Main Street.


In June, Olean General Hospital announced plans to build a free-standing outpatient ambulatory surgery center to enhance patient service for surgical procedures not requiring an overnight hospital stay.


“Because free-standing ambulatory surgery centers have become the standard of care for outpatient surgery, we want area patients to have access to this type of surgical facility,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Olean General Hospital and Upper Allegheny Health System, the parent company of Olean General and Bradford Regional Medical Center.


Olean General Hospital’s new 22,000-square-foot ambulatory surgical structure is expected to open in early 2012 and will include four operating suites and three endoscopic suites plus, pre-operative and post-operative recovery areas, waiting rooms, consultation areas, and support space. The hospital currently performs over 6,000 ambulatory surgical procedures each year.


“This new ambulatory surgery center will allow patients to walk in, receive their outpatient surgical procedure, and return home the same day. The Center will significantly increase efficiency and patient comfort,” Mr. Finan said. “Additionally, and most importantly, we believe this project will be very helpful in terms of our ability to recruit new surgeons to the Olean area. During our conversations with potential surgical recruits there are always inquiries about the availability of an ambulatory surgical center at the hospital.”


The estimated $10.3 million construction project will take approximately one year to complete and is being funded through a combination of hospital financing, existing capital and the philanthropic support of the community. The 2010 OGH Annual Campaign will be dedicated to supporting this important project.


“Despite turbulent times in the economy, I feel confident that our 2010 annual campaign will be successful because our donors have always stretched to support their community hospital,” said Karen Fohl, president of the Olean General Hospital Foundation and vice president of Institutional Advancement. “A gift is an investment in the future of our Hospital with inestimable returns to healthcare and the patients we serve.”

To support the Olean General Hospital annual campaign, gifts may be made at, by mail to Olean General Hospital Foundation, 515 Main Street, Olean, New York 14760 or by phone 716-375-7445. 

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