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Surgery Center of Fairbanks Opens its Doors


FAIRBANKS, Alaska – More than 300 residents of Interior Alaska gathered at The Surgery Center of Fairbanks for a celebratory ribbon-cutting event and facility tours on Saturday, December 4.

“Thanks to the enthusiastic support of patients and community members, this new state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center (ASC) has become a reality after more than four years of planning, regulatory review and approval,” said Fairbanks orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Wade, one of the center’s physician owners.

The facility received its license from the State of Alaska following a two-day site survey by the Department of Health and Social Services, passing with zero deficiencies. The first surgery patients were served a week later on Tuesday, November 16.

Guests were able to tour pre and post-operative areas and saw the sterile surgical areas via a specially filmed video tour led by Dr. Wade.  Members of the press were provided full surgical attire to go into one of the surgery suites to film and photograph the equipment. The two expansive operating rooms are outfitted with state-of-the-art Stryker surgical equipment including integrated video endoscopy equipment. Dr. Wade demonstrated the high definition large screen monitors attached to ceiling-mounted booms which can be pulled close to the operating table so surgeons can readily view pertinent patient MRIs, CT scans, and other radiological studies instead of having to walk over to wall-mounted screens or light boxes. LED lights also on booms, provide shadow-free work areas and even include high definition cameras to film the surgery. Ceiling-mounted equipment also reduces clutter in the operating area.

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