It’s a far cry from the doc-in-a-box shops of days gone by established solely to treat minor injuries, officials at the Cleburne Surgical Center said during the center’s Thursday open house.
“I think of us as big city tech with that hometown feel,” said Suzette Rieger, a registered nurse at the center focussing on pediatric patients.
CSC Administrator Melissa Dansby agreed.
“We’re like a one-stop shop,” Dansby said. “Kind of like a mini hospital, but without all the patients or the price.”
The open house offered area residents, doctors and caregivers a behind the scenes look at several of the center’s services and programs before returning to the lobby to eat at the complimentary buffet.
No patients being present Thursday afternoon, rock music filled the center. Staff members wore T-shirts sporting their favorite singer or band an encouraged attendees to vote their favorite. Certified Surgical Technician Tabatha Williams and her Pink Floyd T-shirt won that battle of the bands.
Fun and free food aside, Dansby said the purpose of the night was to get word out about services old and new offered by the center.
“It’s getting more common for people to get on the web and price shop compare on procedures,” Dansby said. “Which I think is cool because for so long [insurance companies and health care providers] had a monopoly on that information.”
Dansby said CSC’s goal is to keep health care costs down and called the center, which opened in 2007, a clinically and financially “better option” than hospitals for treatments and options in many cases, and said that list is growing.
“We’ve added more and more services since we’ve been here,” Dansby said. “Eyes, ears, general surgeries, orthopedics, podiatry, spinal surgery and a lot more.”