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ONS and Greenwich Hospital announce collaboration in surgical joint venture

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The partnership with Greenwich Hospital in the Ambulatory Surgery Center will provide patients with the benefits of the latest surgical technology and the convenience of a same-day center.

Greenwich Hospital and Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists, PC (ONS) recently announced a joint venture agreement that will enhance access and improve the quality of orthopedic and neurosurgical care for area residents. Beginning this month, ONS surgeons are performing same-day surgical procedures, one day a week, at the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Ambulatory Surgical Center at 55 Holly Hill Lane, Greenwich. The Center will operate under the name, Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Center of Greenwich, LLC.

''We are very excited about our new relationship with the hospital," said ONS President Dr. John Crowe. "ONS and Greenwich Hospital are at the forefront of the evolution of healthcare. Across the country, physician groups and hospitals are combining their resources to provide more convenient and better care for patients. The partnership with Greenwich Hospital in the Ambulatory Surgery Center will provide patients with the benefits of the latest surgical technology and the convenience of a same-day center." The Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Center expects to perform 1,200 ambulatory procedures during its first year of operation.

According to President and CEO Frank A. Corvino, "The ONS surgeons are very highly respected through¬out our region. Over the last 15 years, the hospital has steadily enhanced its reputation as a center of excellence for orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery. This is a great opportunity to provide an improved, more efficient, high-quality service for our communities."

The advantages of an ambulatory surgery center include lower costs for patients, and convenience. Less "red tape" is required as compared to the admissions process at most hospitals. Patients also like being able to leave the center and return home more quickly.

Of major importance to surgeons is the greater efficiency of the ambulatory center which offers more control over procedures and standards.

The Ambulatory Surgery Center is comprised of four operating rooms that are equipped with the most advanced technology, including high-definition video cameras for arthroscopic procedures, state-of-the-art surgical equipment, and a full-service sterile processing facility. In the post-operative area, there are ten beds and a central nursing station. The facility is optimized for the highly-skilled staff to provide personalized patient care in an attractive, comfortable atmosphere designed to put patients at ease.

Dr. Crowe noted that the most common surgical cases that will be moved from the hospital to the Ambulatory Surgical Center include shoulder and knee arthroscopies, ACL reconstruction, and foot, hand and minimally invasive spine procedures.

The shift of orthopedic and neurosurgical ambulatory patients to the Center one day a week will open up additional operating room slots for surgeons seeking to perform inpatient procedures at the hospital.

Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists PC (ONS) is an advanced multi-specialty orthopedic and neurosurgery practice in Fairfield and Westchester counties. ONS physicians provide expertise in the full spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, sports medicine, minimally invasive orthopedic, spine and brain surgery, joint replacement and trauma. The main office is located at 6 Greenwich Office Park on Valley Road, Greenwich, CT. For more information, visit http://www.onsmd.com or call (203) 869-1145.

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