Surgery clinics move to new downtown location

Surgery patients will be a lot closer to the hospital for pre-operative and post-operative care now that Community’s north and south clinics have moved over from Community Health Center-Cedar (the once-UMC campus) to the new Surgery Health Center at Community Regional Medical Center’s downtown campus. 

Located at 255 N. Howard, on the northeast side of the hospital, the modular building opened its doors on April 28.

“The surgery specialties are all at this convenient location for our patients,” said Sherry Hughes, director of the new facility. “It’s about twice the size of the old clinic location and provides better access to those we serve.”

The new 14,040 square-foot modular building will house surgery specialties like orthopedics, urology, neurosurgery, trauma, elective, vascular, plastics and ear, nose and throat. The Surgery Health Center serves about 2,000 patients each month who need pre-operative and post-operative procedures and care at one convenient campus location.

The building has 22 exam rooms, two X-ray rooms, two procedure rooms, a dedicated ear, nose and throat procedure room, as well as conference rooms and increased office space for staff that includes a break room and lounge.  

“There will be efficiencies and patient-flow process improvements – which means better, faster care,” Hughes said. “And, it’s not only convenient for our patients, but for our providers as well – most are right next door in the hospital.”

Besides the new amenities, Hughes said the location has better bus access and patients like going to one location for all their health needs.   

This story was reported by Mary Lisa Russell. She can be reached at