On August 10th, 2009, the University of Rochester Medical Center undertook an expansion in outpatient surgery capabilities in a new 52,000 square-foot surgery center. This state of the art center is in nearby Brighton, in an 82,000 square foot off-campus facility which also houses the Department’s Pain Clinic. In the first year, the surgery center cared for more than 6,000 patients, predominately focusing on Orthopedics and Otorhinolaryngology, with forays into both Plastic and General Surgery. This multispecialty center is expected to care for 12,000 cases annually in its 10 Operating Rooms and 3 Procedure Rooms at full capacity. Currently approximately 17% of cases are on pediatric patients under 18 years of age.
URMC also performs ambulatory surgeries at Highland Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital (particularly in the 5 operating rooms on the 2nd floor). The University of Rochester Anesthesia Group has limited office-based anesthesia services at Red Creek (fertility).
URMC has a strong and growing presence in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia, which has helped improve the care and pain control of ambulatory patients. Mirroring national trends, much of the growth in cases seen by the Department of Anesthesiology has been in outpatient surgeries.