April 30, 2004-Hampton, Va.- Sentara CarePlex Hospital has been granted a Certificate of Public Need (COPN) by the State Health Commissioner to operate an ambulatory surgery center on the Port Warwick campus in Newport News.
The new $5.7 million center, which will open in the spring of 2005, will include two operating rooms. It will offer outpatient surgical services including orthopedics, general surgery, gynecology, ENT, podiatry, and other specialties, with a focus on minimally invasive surgical procedures. Outpatient surgery will continue to be offered at Sentara CarePlex Hospital in addition to inpatient surgery.
“The new ambulatory surgery center at Port Warwick will better serve patients in Newport News,” says Megan Perry, administrator of Sentara CarePlex Hospital. “Our goals were to increase convenience and accessibility for patients in one of the fastest growing areas on the Peninsula, improve efficiency for surgeons, and complement outpatient services already available at Port Warwick Medical Arts.”
Not only is Port Warwick a developing area located near major thoroughfares but it is convenient to City Center at Oyster Point. Within a 3-mile radius, 35,000 people are employed. Most of the growth in Newport News has occurred in the central and northern parts of the city.
The current Port Warwick Medical Arts facility, located at 11803 Jefferson Avenue, already provides CT, an emergency care center, rehabilitation services, colonoscopy and endoscopy services, laboratory and other diagnostic services, a Hyperbaric Oxygen Unit and medical offices for more than 20 physicians. Port Warwick will soon offer lithotripsy services as well.