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Pardee wants to build day surgery center in Mills River

Facing population growth and greater demand for day surgery, Pardee UNC Health Care is seeking state approval for a new ambulatory surgery center in Mills River.

The hospital on Wednesday filed a certificate of need application for the ambulatory surgery center, which would provide outpatient, same-day surgical procedures on land the hospital bought in December 2015 for $1.75 million.
Pardee filed the CON in response to population growth in northern Henderson County, the hospital’s increasing surgery volume and a consumer desire for more affordable surgical options, the hospital said in a news release. In its application to state regulators  Pardee said it would decertify two inpatient operating rooms and move the licenses to the new ambulatory surgery center that would house two operating rooms and two additional procedure rooms. The hospital anticipates a decision from the state some time between Nov. 30 and Jan. 31.
“Health care is a dynamic and ever-changing business, and we are committed to leading the transformation of care across the region we serve,” said Jay Kirby, president and CEO of Pardee UNC Health Care. “Our mission is to provide affordable, patient-friendly, accessible and efficient sites of service. The community will benefit from having a lower-cost option for surgical services along with state-of-the-art technology.”
“As health care needs in our community grow due to the population shifts toward Henderson County, we feel it is our duty to be responsive to accommodate additional patients in an efficient and affordable manner," he added.