Press Room

Aspirus Press Room

Pine Ridge Surgery Center opens on Aspirus campus

Nov 15, 2010

WAUSAU, Wis. – The newly constructed Pine Ridge Surgery Center is now open to patients and the first surgical case was performed at the new facility on Nov. 11.

The surgery center is located at 2500 Pine Ridge Blvd. on the Aspirus medical campus in Wausau, just north of Aspirus Wausau Hospital. The 9,500-square-foot, $3.1 million development is a partnership among Surgical Associates, Urology Specialists of Wisconsin and Aspirus, and offers convenient access to high-quality general surgical and urological procedures.  

“We are very excited to have this new facility,” said David Bluestein, M.D., of Urology Specialists. “The building should really streamline care for patients and providers because it is designed specifically for outpatient procedures.”

Providers anticipate performing roughly 2,000 general and vascular surgeries per year at the new facility. More complicated procedures will continue to be done at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, which has surgical suites designed for the more complex surgeries that often require overnight stays.

“Having a facility that is designated for outpatient procedures makes it easier for patients to get in and get out, and it will also be more cost effective for them,” said Chris Reising, M.D., of Surgical Associates.  

The surgery center further solidifies a successful partnership between Aspirus and the two physician groups, while also addressing the needs of patients.

“Our key partnerships with provider groups like Surgical Associates and Urology Specialists are integral to our organization because they allow us to offer the wide range of services that we have,” said Kathy Drengler, Vice President of Clinical Services for Aspirus. “Not only did we strengthen our partnership by working together to build this surgery center, we also have enhanced patient care in the Wausau area.”    

Additional partners for building Pine Ridge Surgery Center include Miron Construction, general contractor; Boulder Associates, architect; and River Valley Bank, lender.