First outpatient surgery center opens in Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Healthcare providers in Bowling Green are racing to meet the demand of a fast-growing population.  Tuesday, the regions first outpatient surgical center opened its doors just off Lovers Lane.

TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital, in partnership with Graves Gilbert Clinic and several other medical professionals cut ribbons on the Greenview Surgery Center located at 484 Golden Autumn Way.

The 14,000 sq ft. surgery center cost about $10 million.

The center features up to date surgical suites and state of the art technology.

For patients in the area the new facility means an opportunity to save money on outpatient surgery procedures such as colonoscopy, knee replacement and biopsies.

“When you have surgical procedure there is a professional fee, but there’s also a facility fee. The facility fee is significantly reduced, almost by half at an outpatient surgery center,” said Donald Rauh, physician at Greenview Surgery Center.

The number of ambulatory surgery centers is closing in on the number of hospitals in the country, according to a Dallas Business Journal report, a recent count estimated that there are 5,260 surgery centers in the United States, compared to 5,724 hospitals.