Operating from a newly constructed, state-of-the-art facility, the Surgery Center of Wasilla (SCW) began seeing patients on March 1, 2017, expanding access to affordable healthcare in the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Valley about 45 miles from Anchorage, Alaska. Regent Surgical Health, an industry-leading surgery center management and development company specializing in hospital and physician ambulatory surgery center joint ventures, is managing the venture in partnership with 14 experienced physicians.

“Regent is pleased to partner with a great group of physicians to provide the first multi-specialty surgery center in a growing community,” said Regent Vice President of Operations Anne Roberts. “The center is a welcome, new, outpatient surgery option for appropriate patients that is both state-of-the-art and efficient, at lower cost.”

As the only multi-specialty surgery center in the Mat-Su Valley, SCW serves a community of more than 100,000 people who previously had no local option for outpatient surgical services. The following specialties are offered: ENT, orthopedic, spine, podiatry, gynecology, general surgery, GI, urology, lithotripsy, ophthalmology, and pain management.

“I am very excited for the opening and future of the Surgery Center of Wasilla,” said Dr. Benjamin Marvin, the Center’s Medical Director. “Our center will improve patient’s access to timely, efficient and cost-effective surgical care—all while allowing them to remain close to home.   As a staff, we are striving toward excellence and I think the patients and physicians have clearly seen this in the quality of care and the amazing facility.”

As SCW’s Administrator/Director of Nursing, Lori Colee was very instrumental in getting the new surgery center ready to open, and continues to oversee operations as new equipment and services are phased in to ensure all activities follow best practices.

“The facility itself is second to none,” Colee said. “It’s a beautiful facility for both patients and staff, and the flow of traffic works very well, allowing fewer steps for nurses, and more time at the bedside. And, what’s really great is the communication between staff and family members creates a warm, family atmosphere from reception right through to discharge. Patients love it that they don’t have to drive two hours to Anchorage for outpatient surgery anymore, they can get in and out, it’s affordable and their family members are treated well.”

“Dr. Marvin is an experienced medical director and a natural motivator,” said Roberts. “And Lori Colee complements that with a track record of operations excellence and a master’s degree in healthcare administration to SCW, so we’re delighted to have her in the lead administrative role at the center,” said Roberts. Other members of the new center’s leadership team include Susan Bryon, business office manager, and Bobbi Bugh, materials manager.

“Regent has been incredibly helpful in the both the planning and implementation of this project,” Dr. Marvin said. “Their expertise has been invaluable in the myriad decisions that have accompanied the endeavor.  We have a lot of work still to do, but we are already enjoying seeing smiles on patient’s faces, and hearing their repeated thanks as they receive care at the surgery center.”

An open house for community leaders, medical personnel and staff is planned to celebrate the debut of the new surgery center in coming months. Wasilla is the sixth biggest city in Alaska, and has grown from just 300 residents in 1970 to nearly 9,000 today — and with it, so has its demand for comprehensive, convenient, local healthcare services.

To learn more about Regent Surgical Health and other physician / hospital alliance opportunities, visit: www.regentsurgicalhealth.com.