8/19/2018 – Ground broken for surgery center in Granite Falls

Posted on: August 19th, 2018 by admin


August 19, 2018







Photo by Guy Lucas, (Lenoir) News-Topic
By Guy Lucas
(Lenoir) News-Topic


Next summer Caldwell County will become the first in the region to have a medical center where patients walk in for surgery and leave the same day.


Dr. Jason Norcross, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in joints, said the ambulatory surgery center at RiverCrest Medical Park in Granite Falls will be one of just a few that is focused exclusively on orthopedic surgery, which includes joint, spinal, foot, ankle and sports-related surgery. The next-closest center in North Carolina is in Charlotte.


“It’s a paradigm shift in how health care is delivered,” Norcross said in an interview after a ceremonial groundbreaking at RiverCrest, near the Wal-Mart in Granite Falls.


Advances in surgery make it possible in many kinds of surgeries to walk out – where the term “ambulatory” derives – the same day they have surgery instead of having to stay in a hospital for several days, he said.


“We deliver the same level of surgical expertise in a kind of accelerated fashion … and actually improve the outcome,” he said.


Without the hospital stay, surgeries also become much less expensive for the patients, he said.


The ambulatory surgery center will be a joint venture between Caldwell UNC Health Care and a group of eight surgeons, said Laura Easton, president of Caldwell UNC.


“I have always thought of our work as sacred work because it touches the lives of so many people,” Easton said at the ceremony, and the surgery center will extend Caldwell UNC’s work to many more lives.


Construction of the 20,995-square-foot building is expected to cost about $7.1 million, said Thorn Baccich, the vice president of development for Flagship Healthcare Properties, which will own the building. Flagship also built the existing building at RiverCrest.


Norcross, who performs 450 to 500 surgeries a year, said he hopes the surgery center will draw patients from beyond the Hickory region.


“We’re not the pioneers … but this kind of treatment doesn’t exist in our community,” he said. “An all-orthopedic surgery center is a pretty unique thing.”


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