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ALLEN ANNOUNCES SURGERY CENTER EXPANSION, RENOVATION AT UNITED MEDICAL PARK

WATERLOO, Iowa-Allen Hospital will expand and renovate its Ambulatory Surgery Center at United Medical Park. The one-year, $9,999,000 project will greatly enhance the overall patient experience and allow surgeons to operate more effectively and efficiently.

The project will result in increased patient privacy in both pre-operative and post-operative areas. Curtained rooms will be eliminated. Eight, 23-hour private recovery rooms will be added. Updates will be made to the center's four existing operating room suites, its procedure room and supporting areas.

"Our nursing staff is excited about what this expansion means in terms of improved patient care," says Kim Prinsen, R.N., clinical care director, United Medical Park. "The specific improvement planned for the center will help our surgeons and the nurses and technicians who support them do an even better job. More and more, patients are choosing to have procedures done here. When they do, we want to offer them the very best care possible."

The additional space, combined with the option of planned overnight stays will provide more flexibility for patient scheduling.

The expansion includes more than 13,000 square feet of new space and the renovation of nearly 9,000 square feet of existing space. When complete in late 2009, the renovated ambulatory surgery center will include more than 27,000 square feet. Groundbreaking is anticipated in the next few weeks.

 "We simply have more patients and more physicians there every year," says Rick Seidler, Allen Hospital president and chief executive officer. "United Medical Park has been a success since it opened. Patient volumes have grown every year, increasing 44 percent just from 2002 - 2007.

"We expect the trend to continue during the next decade. Lower costs, less invasive procedures and favorable reimbursement will continue to move more services to ambulatory surgery settings."

Located at 1731 W. Ridgeway Avenue, United Medical Park opened in 1999 to offer patients and caregivers comfortable, efficient facilities designed especially for outpatient procedures.

United Medical Park is a full-service ambulatory surgery center and urgent care facility. It offers a wide variety of procedures and physician specialties. For more information about Allen Hospital, visit allenhospital.org.

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