Berks Urologic Surgery Center
Established in 2003, Berks Urologic Surgery Center (BUSC) opened as the only Urology single-specialty Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) in the region. Over the past 19 years we have performed more than 110,000 procedures. Our highly trained and dedicated staff continually receive excellent remarks from patients on the experience they receive before, during and after their procedure.
History of ASCs
It’s an unfortunate reality that the healthcare industry can be a costly, problematic, and inconvenient system to navigate. Thankfully, the rising awareness of healthcare failures has paved the way for improvement. This has resulted in the evolution of new systems aimed at providing an improved experience for patients.
Forty years ago, nearly all surgery was performed in hospitals. With hospital resources limited and stretched thin, waits spanning weeks or months were not uncommon for those needing care. It is out of this void that Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) were designed.
What are ASCs?
ASC’s are healthcare facilities that provide patients the convenience of having surgeries and procedures performed safely outside the hospital setting. At ASCs, patients are not admitted post-operatively, saving the patient time and money. At an ASC, patients receive surgical care in a highly specialized and monitored environment.
Types of ASCs
Not all ASCs provide the same surgical procedures. Spanning from multi-specialty to highly specialized, here is a list of some of the common types of ASCs:
- Cosmetic and facial surgery centers
- Endoscopy centers
- Ophthalmology practices
- Laser eye surgery centers
- Centers for oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Orthopedic surgery centers
- Plastic surgery centers
- Podiatry clinics
Berks Urologic Surgery Center
Our ASC, Berks Urologic Surgery Center in Wyomissing, is a single-specialty state-of-the-art facility that offers a patient-focused experience. Our exceptional and experienced staff is made up of board-certified physicians, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and support personnel. Our staff has years of experience focusing exclusively on urology, making them uniquely equipped to safely perform a wide range of urologic procedures.
Reduced wait times
One of the most publicized pros of using an ASC is their reduced wait time for appointments. Patients no longer have to wait weeks or months for an appointment at a hospital surgery center. In a hospital surgery center, unforeseen emergency room demands are always a risk and can monopolize resources. This sometimes leads to the postponement of care. But because ASCs focus exclusively on a small number of processes in one setting, they are able to control over-scheduling in a way that hospitals cannot. And that’s why they can provide specialized care at a fraction of the wait time with virtually no scheduling changes. Conversely, hospital surgery centers have large-scale demands for space, resources, and management, making them vulnerable to unexpected events that lead to prolonged wait times.
Not only are ASCs focused on creating the best surgical experience possible for their patients, they also are able to make transparent pricing a reality. We disclose pricing information and provide an estimate of the patient’s insurance coverage and expected out-of-pocket expense before surgery to help patients prepare for the financial impact of their surgery and to give them what they need up front to be educated when evaluating and comparing costs.
In addition to being upfront about rates, ASCs are a cost-effective, high-quality alternative to inpatient care for surgical services, and they are saving the patients, insurance carriers and government money without sacrificing quality care.
Patient Satisfaction at ASCs is usually rated high, and partial credit is given to the closer patient-surgeon relationships that are built on familiarity in the surgery center. Because of the smaller-scale, more specialized nature of these surgery centers, ASC patients typically interact with a single nurse and surgeon throughout the entire process. In addition, surgeons are assigned to patients, making it easy for them to familiarize themselves with each case. Patients receiving care at an ASC obtain the consistent, non-repetitive care that is the result of being a part of a relationship-based, specialized surgery center.
Through these relationships, patients are able to better manage their pre and postoperative recovery, maximizing the benefits of surgery. It is not uncommon for a surgeon to even include their patient in the process of creating a hyper-specialized recovery plan. A patient’s involvement in the development of their post-op plan typically leads to a higher rate of patient compliance with the recovery regimen and greater long-term surgery success rates.
ASC safety standards
Berks Urologic Surgery Center and other ASCs are highly regulated by federal and state entities. The quality of care offered in an ASC is observed and evaluated by state licensure, Medicare certification, and voluntary accreditation. ASCs must meet licensure requirements and continue to go through rigorous ongoing inspection and reporting.
Berks Urologic Surgery Center is accredited by the AAAHC- Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
With our high standards of quality care and exceptional staff, we are equipped to offer you and your family the finest medical attention in our facility.