The Great Falls Clinic is excited to announce a $7 million expansion of its same-day, outpatient surgery center. The facility kicked off its expansion plans on August 23, 2021.
The Great Falls Clinic Surgery Center is located on the Great Falls Clinic campus directly next to the Great Falls Clinic Specialty Center. The Surgery Center is an outpatient department of the Great Falls Clinic Hospital and is a one-story surgery center that was built in 1999. Situated on a 1.63-acre site, the facility offers same-day surgeries in a variety of specialties including, but not limited to, general surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, ENT, pain management, urology, and podiatry. The original purpose of the facility was to host only outpatient surgeries requiring less than 24-hour recovery times. All other surgeries that require more than 24-hour recovery times were historically performed at the Great Falls Clinic Hospital.
As it sits today, the Great Falls Clinic Surgery Center is 12,636 square feet and has three operating rooms and two procedures rooms.
“New expansion plans will add 7,375 square feet to the existing facility to include five new observation beds to accommodate overnight surgical stays, an additional operating room, as well as resizing and expanding two of the existing operating rooms and central processing to accommodate different types of surgical cases.”
This expansion plan is set to occur in two phases. Phase one will include the addition of five observations beds and a new operating room. Phase one’s scheduled completion is mid-March 2022. Phase two will consist of expanding the existing operating rooms and central processing. Phase two’s scheduled completion is mid-May 2022. The total facility footprint will sit at 20,011 square feet once completed.
“The expansion of the stand-alone, outpatient surgery center has been on our minds for some time,” stated Wayne Gillis, CEO of the Great Falls Clinic Hospital. “Since opening our new hospital in 2015, the facility has been bursting at the seams and we have been creative with re-arranging and scheduling surgeries to accommodate our patients. The expansion of the existing surgery center will free up more space and time at our hospital as we prepare for more complex cases and higher levels of acuity. This will also allow us to focus on expanding our surgery center, which we have not done since building the facility in 1999.”
Construction will not interrupt any existing patient care or scheduled surgeries. All operations for the Surgery Center are up and running as usual.
More information will be released regarding the Great Falls Clinic Hospital’s plans for expansion in the upcoming months.