VOL. 110 | NO. 99 | Monday, May 20, 1996
5/20 jts surgery center
New surgery center to break ground in midtown
By JAMES SNYDER
The Daily News
Montgomery Martin Contractors Inc. will break ground on an 18,000-square-foot Midtown Surgery Center late this month and expects to complete the $2.3 million project in February.
The surgery center is a joint project shared by St. Joseph Hospital, Baptist Memorial Hospital and Methodist Health Systems. The outpatient facility is being built over an old parking lot on South Pauline Street near the Baptist Medical Center.
The total project cost of more than $2.3 million includes construction and some installation of the hospitals medical equipment, said Montgomery Martin project manager Richard Meena.
The single-story center will have four operating rooms for outpatient procedures. It follows a trend in medicine to place more cases in outpatient operating facilities to reduce costs, said Tim Flatt, Baptist director of marketing.
The new facility should cut costs by 25 percent and the turn-around time for surgery from 30 minutes to five minutes, said Michelle Trammell, director of marketing and managed care for Ambulatory Medical Services.
By the same token, he said, Baptist realized building a new facility would be cheaper than renovating an older one.
"There was a need for us to have more outpatient facilities," Flatt said. "We looked at renovating our facilities inside the tower on Union Avenue, and the cost to renovate it was more than building a separate facility."
In addition, the building will be close to the Baptist Medical Center while it occupies space the hospital wasnt using, Flatt said.
Ambulatory Medical Services of Memphis will manage the center. AMS manages 11 centers in six states, including Baptist surgery centers in East Memphis, Hickory Hill and Cordova; a radiation/oncology clinic; and several physician practices and groups, Trammell said.
The new center follows an increase in construction over the past year for the Memphis medical community, including a $1.7 million psychiatric center started in February for the University of Tennessee Medical Group. Other construction included major renovations at St. Jude Childrens Hospital and Baptist East.
The idea for the center was sparked by Dr. Mohamad Akbik, a general surgeon at St. Joseph, who talked AMS president Gary Prosterman into moving forward with it, Trammell said. The center is unique as a cooperative effort among three large Memphis hospitals.
While Montgomery Martin has no previous experience building medical facilities, Meena said, many of the companys workers come from contractors that do, including MCDR Inc. and Inman Construction Corp.