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Mt. Pleasant Surgery Center adds Greensburg group

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 9:10 p.m.
Andrew Hesner | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Scoping and viewing equipment utilized at the Mt. Pleasant Surgery Center in East Huntingdon, which is mainly used in gastroenterological procedures such as colonoscopys.
Andrew Hesner | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Anesthesiologist Paul G. Battaglia, a staff member at the Mt. Pleasant Surgery Center in East Huntingdon, (left) and physician Bruce A. Bradley, a fellow member of the medical staff at the facility and a physician for the Westmoreland Digestive Disorders Group in Greensburg, recently attended an open house held recently at the Mt. Pleasant Surgery Center. In the background are Jim Collins, a 20-year operating room technician at the center, and fellow staff member Kathleen Zapp on the right, a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

The Mt. Pleasant Surgery Center is growing.

The Greensburg-based Westmoreland Digestive Disorders Group has become the newest addition to the medical team at the East Huntingdon-based facility, center administrator Brian Konieczny said.

“They came highly recommended,” he said. “And if you want to know who is best in their field, all you have to do is talk to their nurses and medical staff.”

The center, located along Bessemer Road, works with about a dozen physicians, Konieczny said.

The recently added group consists of physicians Bruce A. Bradley, the group's spokesman, along with William J. Provance, David L. Hykes and Douglas E. Klions.

Bradley said he wanted to meld practices with the surgery center because, “they have the best and newest scopes and the monitor for performing gastroenterological procedures.”

Now the facility's staff is looking to add six to eight additional doctors by year's end, Konieczny said.

The center conducts surgeries related to anesthesiology, gynecology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology (tonsils), pain management, urology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, general surgery and, as of two months ago, gastroenterology. Konieczny said he felt the Greensburg-based group would make a great addition to the center's medical team.

The center has been licensed to perform such procedures for some time, but when the last gastroenterologist died there were big shoes to fill, and they were looking for the right fit, Konieczny said.

On May 30, the center hosted a meet and greet for local independently-operating physicians to find more doctors with a similar fit.

Although attendance at the event was low based on the 40 invitations sent, Konieczny said he is not worried due to the center's credibility among the medical community and that the facility is already receiving referrals from primary care physicians.

As part of the Surgical Care Affiliates and one of 150 similar surgery centers across the county, the center ranked No. 1 in clinical quality for the last two quarters.

“There were a lot of parameters that had to be met in order to make that achievement,” Konieczny said.

During the open house, Konieczny explained the benefits of going to an ambulatory surgery center and the negatives to seeking out an in-patient facility.

“Outpatient services are most cost-effective to both the insurer and the patient verses in-patient rates,” he said. “And we are also more efficient because the same physicians work with the same staff every day.”

One example is the center's operating room technician, James Collins, who has worked there for more than 20 years and for many of those years with the same doctors and medical staff.

“We also have an outstanding turnover rate,” Konieczny said.

The center performs about 2,000 medical procedures annually, and it has been in business for nearly 30 years, he said.

Andrew Hesner is a freelance writer.