Ten years ago if a Blount County resident had to have orthoscopic knee surgery, the options were to go to Blount Memorial Hospital or travel to Knoxville. Thanks to Maryville Surgical Center, patients have another option for day surgery.
Maryville Surgical Center, the first and only surgical center in Blount County, celebrated their 10th anniversary in June.
“The Center is efficient for patients and for doctors,” said Dr. Todd Griffith, chairman of the Board of Directors for the Maryville Surgical Center.
Dr. Griffith said the added operating rooms at the surgical center have provided more in the way of convenience for outpatient surgery. “Without it, our practice would not be able to serve as many patients and would not have been able to grow,” Dr. Griffith said.
The doctor, a surgeon with Maryville Orthopaedic Clinic, said patients do not have to wait as long for outpatient surgery since the Maryville Surgical Center has added operating room availability in Blount County.
Mary Ellen Rider, administrator with Maryville Surgical Center, said that in the last 10 years, the center has seen more than 47,500 cases and conducted more than 53,000 procedures.
In the four operating rooms at the center, the typical procedures that surgeons perform include orthoscopic surgeries, fracture repairs, carpel tunnel surgery, rotator cuff repairs, hernia repairs, breast biopsies, breast augmentations, liposuction, cataract surgery and hysterectomy, to name a few.
“We do anything that can be done in a day,” Rider said. She said the standards of surgery are the same as in the hospital setting. Maryville Surgical Center meets all the national safety standards and in comparison to hospitals, the infection rate is minimal, Rider said.
The administrator said surveys are given to patients in the recovery room and the returned questionnaires have several common themes. Professionalism and friendliness of the staff as well as how patients and family members are treated with care and respect are comments frequently made on the patient surveys, Rider said.
The administrator said the family is an important part of the outpatient procedures.
“We make a big effort to involve the family,” Rider said. She said family members are informed on patient post-operative care, what to expect when the patient goes home and any discharge instructions.
Dr. Griffith said family members appreciate the intimate setting of Maryville Surgical Center. Having everything on one floor benefits the family members who are brought into a consultation room after their loved one’s surgery, he said.
Dr. Griffith said another aspect that family members and patients appreciate are the conscientious staff of Maryville Surgical Center. Most of the staff members have been with the surgical center since the beginning, Griffith said.
“The attitude and dedication of the staff is a team oriented approach,” he said. “We wouldn’t have efficiencies without that attitude.”
Maryville Surgical Center is a joint venture between area physicians and Blount Memorial Hospital and Nueterra Healthcare. They are located at 763 East Lamar Alexander Drive, next to Blount Memorial Hospital.