For Release: December 12, 2011
Save Money on Surgery in 2012:
Quad Citians Exercise Patient Power
to Choose Affordable Options
As the country enters its fifth year of financial stress, consumers are faced with ever-rising healthcare costs and few options.
(Davenport, IA) – Money is tight and few can afford to get sick. Unexpected medical costs can put an enormous strain on families as costs and insurance deductibles and premiums increase.
“We see Quad City families and patients with deductibles as high as $10,000. That means they are paying a substantial amount for their own treatment right out of their pocket,” says Michael Patterson, President and CEO of the Mississippi Valley Surgery Center located in Davenport. “Combine higher insurance deductibles with increased food, fuel and housing prices, and no one can afford to just call the doctor for procedures or surgeries without asking tough questions about cost or exploring more affordable treatment options.”
So, what’s a family to do? “What people may not know is that right here in the Quad Cities, there are ways to be treated that are actually more affordable, safe and put you on the road to recovery faster,” he explains.
The Davenport-based Mississippi Valley Surgery Center (MVSC) and its network of physician specialists continue to grow. “MVSC is home to ambulatory (outpatient) surgeries, where a patient who needs less than 24 hours for treatment can have their surgery performed,” he continued. “MVSC is built to better serve patients who did not necessarily need the services and associated costs of hospitalization and where physicians had more control over how procedures are handled.”
Since its beginning in 1996, the Mississippi Valley Surgery Center has served more than 90,000 patients; and the ambulatory surgery center has grown, supported by the Mississippi Valley Health Network of specialists, to perform over 10,000 procedures a year. “The MVSC and Mississippi Valley Health Network of practices keeps health care costs down because our training emphasizes minimally invasive procedures that promote faster healing; and the surgery center’s outpatient services ensure you recover at home and avoid expensive hospital stays.”
Home the Same Day: Back to Life the Next
Cost effective? Convenient? Faster Recovery? Just ask Coal Valley resident Dennis Gooch. As an avid hobbyist with radio-controlled airplanes, he has to run around quite a bit when he’s flying one of the 40 or so planes in his collection.
Gooch, a member of the Skyraiders Radio Control Flying Club, always had a flat foot, but it collapsed over the last five years. “I had a lot of foot pain,” says Gooch, “when I tried to walk or tried to mow.” The pain grew so intense that Gooch couldn’t fly his planes any longer.
Tuvi Mendel, M.D., Orthopaedic Specialists, put his fellowship training and experience to work for Gooch. “Dr. Mendel was very intelligent,” recalls Gooch. “He knew exactly what was going on.” The flat foot reconstruction surgery Dr. Mendel performed involved lengthening a tendon on the right side of Gooch’s foot, among other advanced techniques.
Gooch, who is an electronic technician, spent four days in the hospital after his knee replacement surgery several years ago. Yet his experience at the Mississippi Valley Surgery Center was quite different. “I was terrified of the procedure, but before I knew it, I was home. I went in at 9:30 a.m. and was home by 2:00 that afternoon,” says Gooch. “I do prefer being home right away.”
“We are the Future of Healthcare”
Dennis’ experience is common at MVSC. In recent years as surgical techniques have improved, more procedures are being performed nationwide in Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) like the surgery center in Davenport. “We represent the future of healthcare,” explains Patterson. “Thirty years ago, virtually all surgery was performed in hospitals. Patients waited weeks or months for an appointment, and they typically spent several days in the hospital and several weeks out of work in recovery. But better surgical techniques, more efficient operations and treatments allow patients to recover better and faster at home.
“At a time when our health care delivery system is often criticized for waste, excessive costs, medical errors and a general lack of responsiveness, there are real solutions to each of these problems.
“We are efficient in our use of healthcare dollars. We focus on quality of care. We are more accessible to patients and present less risk of medical errors and cross infection. And yes, we do all of this while reducing costs to patients, employers, insurers and government programs.”
Safe and Swift Recoveries
While cost weights heavily on pocketbooks, there is also the worry about being treated outside a hospital setting. Although many believe that extended observation and a hospital stay ensures there are no complications, research is bearing out that the best place for recovery may be at home, away from unnecessary exposure to infections.
The MVSC also voluntarily holds itself to the gold standard of care and is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Also because it serves Medicare beneficiaries, the Medicare program certifies MVSC. The Mississippi Valley Surgery Center complies with standards developed by the federal government to ensure the safety of the patient and the quality of the facility, physicians, staff, and services.
Connect with a Medical Specialist for Free
Have a question about a surgery, procedure, or need a free referral to a specialist? Call Mississippi Valley Surgery Center’s Patient Advocate today: 563-344-6653
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