Kadlec Medical Center Ups Surgical Volume with Premier Anesthesia -- Tri-Cities Patients Benefit from Stable, Local Anesthesia Services

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Kadlec Medical Center of Richland, Washington, has contracted with Premier Anesthesia to provide and manage all aspects of the center’s anesthesia services. With a $70-million expansion now under construction, the 172-bed, 6-operating-room (OR) facility plans to almost double its surgical capacity upon completion of a 6-story medical tower that will include 10 state-of-the-art surgical suites. Since taking over anesthesia services on July 1, Premier Anesthesia of Richland has hired Dr. Milosh Grubor as medical director for Anesthesiology, along with 3 staff anesthesiologists for the group that eventually will include 15 anesthesiologists. “With four staff anesthesiologists now in place, Kadlec has already expanded surgical services and increased the OR schedule," said Bill Wingo, vice president, medical staff and business development at Kadlec Medical Center.

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Poised for significant growth, Kadlec Medical Center of Richland, Washington, has contracted with Premier Anesthesia to provide and manage all aspects of the center's anesthesia services. With a $70-million expansion now under construction, the 172-bed, 6-operating-room (OR) facility plans to almost double its surgical capacity upon completion of a 6-story medical tower that will include 10 state-of-the-art surgical suites.

A non-profit, private corporation governed by local-volunteer trustees, Kadlec is home to a growing open heart surgery and interventional cardiology program; the region's only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; a world-class, all-digital outpatient imaging center and a number of other innovative services and programs. "Kadlec Medical Center provides a growing array of critical healthcare services for the 250,000 residents of southeast Washington State," Premier Anesthesia President Rich Ballard said. "We're impressed by what this team has built and excited to join them in enhancing and expanding service offerings for the greater Tri-Cities region."

Surgical Services Expanded

Since taking over anesthesia services on July 1, Premier Anesthesia of Richland has hired Dr. Milosh Grubor as medical director for Anesthesiology, along with 3 staff anesthesiologists for the group that eventually will include 15 anesthesiologists. "We're pleased with our decision and we're hearing positive feedback from our surgeons," said Bill Wingo, vice president, medical staff and business development at Kadlec Medical Center. "With four staff anesthesiologists now in place, Kadlec has already expanded surgical services and increased the OR schedule."

Patients can expect the strengthened anesthesia team to provide services with a high standard of care and a strong sense of teamwork. "It has been a pleasure to work with such a dedicated and caring staff committed to excellent, compassionate patient care in a state-of-the-art environment," Grubor said. ""Our anesthesia team is proud to support Kadlec's experienced surgical team in providing some of the most advanced surgical care available today."

Premier Anesthesia is a national anesthesia practice management company focused solely on building and managing the best anesthesia teams in the industry. Its leadership brings more than 150 years of combined experience in hospital-based physician staffing, recruiting and management. Emphasizing teamwork and open-book financial management, the company customizes its approach for each client's culture, financial goals and operational goals. To learn more, visit http://www.premieranesthesia.com/kadlec-06.

Premier Anesthesia is part of the Jackson Healthcare Solutions family of companies, named to Inc. magazine's 23rd annual Inc. 500 ranking of the fastest growing U.S. private companies in 2004. With more than 250 associates in Alpharetta, Ga., and 385 nationally, JHS serves more than two million patients in more than 1,000 hospitals each year. To learn more, visit http://www.jacksonhealthcare.com/.

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