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Photos courtesy of Mohagen/Hansen Architectural Group Make the Most of Makeovers


Successful ASC renovation projects are built on effective partnerships between owners and architects. BY SAHELY MUKERJI


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ire an architectural firm that has experience with ASCs when renovating or expand-


ing your surgery center, say these ASC professionals who have helped manage updates of their own facilities recently. “We engaged an architectural firm that had significant knowledge of ASC operations and codes,” says Traci Al- bers, executive director of North Me- morial Ambulatory Surgery Center in Maple Grove, Minnesota, and High Pointe Surgery Center in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. “The architects were also instrumental in the ongoing manage- ment of the project.” Albers, whose facilities are man-


aged by Surgical Management Profes- sionals LLP of Sioux Falls, South Da- kota, worked with Mohagen/Hansen Architectural Group of Wayzata, Min- nesota, in renovating the High Pointe facility. “We updated the aesthetics


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of the entire facility, added one addi- tional operating room and redesigned the rest of the facility,” she says. “It started in July 2011 and was finished in March 2012.” Albers worked with the contractors to establish the bud- get for the project, define the scope of work and provide oversight of all the work that was done. Jed P. Smith, director of operations at the Massachusetts Avenue Surgery Center in Bethesda, Maryland, also recommends working with building professionals who have had experience with ASCs. “You need to have trust in your architect, designer and contrac- tor,” he says. “It is imperative that you believe in them and trust what they tell you. Remember, they are the experts in their field and you are not. Finally, they need to get along, as well. Nothing is worse than the pointing of fingers if something doesn’t work.”


At press time, Smith was in the midst of a renovation and expan- sion project at his ASC with KMD Architects in Greenbelt, Maryland. Ultimately, the design and construc- tion project will double the size of his facility. “It is a two-stage project,” he explains. “The first phase will be renovation for expansion to include the temporary move of the sterile processing and the pre-operative and post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) ar- eas. The second phase will include a renovation of the existing space. Once complete, the temporary ster- ile processing, pre-op and PACU will move into their permanent locations and their temporary locations will be completed for their ultimate use. The net result will be the addition of an operating room (OR) with room for two more down the road and expan- sion of all other areas.” For a project to be efficient, cost-


effective and successful, good plan- ning is key, Smith says. “Remember to plan your work and work your plan,” he says. “Change orders are


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