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.”
Shannon Campbell, a spinal fracture representative with Care Fusion, said spinal fractures, which affect health in many ways, especially pulmonary function, used to be treated with narcotics and bed rest, which he called the worst thing.
The minimally invasive procedure takes about 30 minutes and works far better, he said.
“You can come in here with a broken back and go out with a band aid on your back about two hours later,” Campbell said. “That’s how advanced we’ve become with this procedure.”
Pain management is key as well, Dansby said.
“We work to customize every patient’s pain control plan and, where possible, avoid it in the first place,” Dansby said.
Dr. Robert Groysman, the center’s director of anesthesia, selected Lance Mitchel, an optometrist with Cataract & Eye Center, as his guinea pig to demonstrate the center’s approach to pain management. Using an ultrasound machine, Groysman demonstrated where he would deliver a numbing shot to Mitchel were he having hand surgery. The procedure, in most cases, helps patients wake up from procedures and go home quicker, many times with less or no post-procedure pain medication needed.
The group next moved into another room where Certified Surgical Technician Juan Granados, on a replica skeleton, showed the proper procedure for treating a broken ankle, which also afforded a opportunity at a bit of hands-on surgery to members of the group.
Perhaps most importantly, Dansby said, is that as word of CSC spreads, more out-of-town doctors are seeking Cleburne out.
Dr. Olayinka Ogunro, a Dallas doctor specializing in hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder and arthroscopy procedures, recently agreed to work out of the Cleburne office one day each week.
“And we have several other doctors who have offices in Burleson and other places but kind of rotate offices and are out here a day or two a week,” Dansby said. “Which I think is exciting for our health-care options in Cleburne and helps where, for some of these specialties, you don’t have to drive to Fort Worth or Dallas.”
Ogunro joked that he learned about CSC on the Internet.
“I actually Googled surgery centers in Cleburne,” Ogunro said. “What appeals to me is that it is easier for the patients to get in and get their procedures done more quickly.”