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Surgery center moves to new city location
The Surgi-Center of Central Virginia opened this morning at its new location. The center has moved from its old home, beside the Chatham Bridge in Stafford County, to a new building on Dixon Street in Fredericksburg. The same-day surgery center opened with a cataract surgery by Dr. Thomas Falkenberg and a foot surgery by Dr. Ross Girvan.
The center will occupy the first floor of a new two-story brick structure at one of the entrances to the city, adjacent to the Dixon Park and Pool. Doctors’ offices will be located on the second floor.
The new $5.6 million center is slightly larger than the old one, 19,000 square feet compared to 17,500 square feet. It has the same number of surgical and procedure rooms, seven, though the new rooms are larger and better equipped, said Kenny Ellinger, administrator.
“The [old] facility was outdated. It needed to be closed for six months and remodeled, or we had to do this. It wasn’t sustainable,” Ellinger said.
United Surgical Partners International, a Dallas company, is 80-percent owner of the center. Fourteen local doctors are part-owners. They are among the 28 doctors who do surgeries and procedures there.
The doctors average about 800 cases a month, Ellinger said. Cataract surgery and colonoscopy are among the most frequently performed procedures.