News>Air Force opens first ambulatory surgery center in National Capital Region
While viewing a monitor which assists her during endoscopic sinus surgery in real time, Dr. Carrie Flanagan, 779th Surgical Operations Squadron staff otolaryngologist uses an endoscope camera and Medtronic sinus shaver to perform an intricate ENT procedure May 11, 2012. (Air Force photo/Bobby Jones)
Airman 1st Class Eli Hedberg, 779th Surgical Operations Squadron otolaryngologist technician, receives a sinus tissue specimen from Dr. Carrie Flanagan, 779 SGC staff, otolaryngologist, during an endoscopic sinus surgery. The specimen will be sent to Pathology for tissue analysis and diagnosis for Dr. Flanagan. (Air Force photo/Bobby Jones)
Dr. Carrie Flanagan, right, 779th Surgical Operations Squadron staff otolaryngologist, and Erik Engelke, Medtronic representative, look at a CT scan image of ENT patient, Airman 1st Class Candice Thomas on a new MEDTRONIC computerized CT imaged guided surgery system May 11, 2012. (Air Force photo/Bobby Jones)
5/17/2012 - JOINT BASE ANDREWS-NAVAL AIR FACILITY WASHINGTON, Md. -- Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic has recently transitioned to the Air Force's first ambulatory surgery center in the National Capital Region, opening a newly renovated state-of-the-art 18-bed same day surgery unit.
"We are well on our way to becoming the premier ambulatory surgery center of choice for military beneficiaries in the NCR, specifically providing first-class service to our southern Maryland beneficiaries," said Lt. Col. Shawn Zarr, commander, 779th Surgical Operations Squadron.
With the acquisition of over $500,000 in new surgical equipment and instrumentation, the operating room will expand ambulatory surgical capabilities.
"Of particular interest, we have just purchased an imaged guided navigation system for Ear, Nose and Throat procedures, which allows for optimal visualization during sinus surgery while promoting patient safety. It was used for the first time on May 11," said Zarr.
"We have also worked closely with our orthopedic team to acquire new arthroscopic equipment that will enable surgeons to perform a greater variety of orthopedic procedures," explained Zarr with pride.
By integrating ambulatory services within the NCR, the surgeons operating at Malcolm Grow have facilitated access for those requiring extensive care, and allows focus towards the Wounded Warrior program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
"Every month we credential numerous Army and Navy medics from other military treatment facilities who routinely operate with our Air Force physicians in our facility." said Col. Rudy Cachuela, 779th Medical Group commander.
Patients and visiting surgeons have lauded the facility for its ease of access, ample parking, friendly staff and convenient location for southern Maryland and northern Virginia residents.
"My patients are extremely happy," said Army Maj. Amy Vertrees, attending general surgeon at Walter Reed. "Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic has gone out of their way to help, and I just can't thank them all enough. It is a joy to go out there, and I am so happy with how this arrangement has worked out."