Easier access to surgical procedures is coming soon to the Peoria area. Springfield Clinic is proud to be launching the Springfield Clinic Peoria Surgery Center in late 2023, making many outpatient procedures and some procedures that require more recovery time more accessible in Peoria.
“We are excited to be bringing this expansion of services to the Peoria community,” says Peoria Board Member and colon and rectal surgeon Dr. Steven Tsoraides. “A surgery center like this one will offer patients more convenient scheduling, lower cost procedures, and a reduced risk of infection due to a smaller, more controlled environment. We’re also excited to have Springfield Clinic’s first 72-hour recovery center available for patients who need more care or monitoring after procedures. This gives them a more convenient option for surgery compared to staying in a hospital.”
Springfield Clinic has a long history of providing convenient, safe, and comfortable outpatient surgical care. Springfield Clinic’s Surgery Center in Springfield was opened in 1994, and, in 2022, it was ranked #2 in Illinois and named one of America’s Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers by Newsweek. In 2022 alone, more than 24,500 cases were performed, and the overall average infection rate did not exceed .03%. Springfield Clinic surgeons and their care teams deliver exemplary patient experiences each day that have set the standard across Springfield Clinic.
According to Press Ganey surveys collected in 2022, more than 97% of patients would highly recommend the Springfield Clinic Surgery Center in Springfield to their friends and family. One patient’s review left in a Press Ganey survey sums it up perfectly, “We really appreciated the caring attitudes of the people at all levels of care. The whole experience was handled with professionalism, but also with smiles and warm, caring concern.”
“We bring a lot of experience to the Peoria area when it comes to outpatient surgery,” says Senior Vice President of Operations Jennifer Boyer. “That, combined with the expertise of the Peoria surgeons who have been practicing in the area for years, we hope will make patients confident in the excellence of surgical care they can expect.”
When the Springfield Clinic Peoria Surgery Center opens in late 2023, all Springfield Clinic surgeons in the Peoria area will begin offering procedures in this outpatient setting. Surgical specialties immediately available in Peoria include general surgery, colon and rectal surgery, bariatric surgery, plastic surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology. Soon after opening, Springfield Clinic surgeons from Springfield will travel to do procedures at this new Surgery Center, offering Peoria patients even more access to in-demand specialties.
For a full and up-to-date list of Springfield Clinic Peoria surgeons offering procedures at this new location, visit springfieldclinic.com/peoria-surgery-center.
Some of the most common types of procedures that will initially be offered will include:
- Breast reconstructions
- Cholecystectomy (surgery to remove the gall bladder)
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopies (EGDs)
- Gastric sleeve
“As the former Peoria Surgical Group, now Springfield Clinic Peoria, it has been our goal for years to be able to offer our patients procedures in an outpatient setting like this one,” says general surgeon Dr. David Crawford, who has been a part of the Peoria General Surgery team for 25 years. We’re going to immediately offer those procedures that can be easily and safely done in an outpatient setting and that there is a great need for in our community. I am looking forward to adding the three-day stay to the outpatient experience for our community.”
The building construction will be completed in the fall of 2023, and the first surgical procedures performed by Springfield Clinic surgeons can be expected to be completed in November or December of the same year, after state inspection and review.
Benefits of Outpatient Surgeries
Outpatient surgery centers have demonstrated that patients can receive the same high-quality care and attention they would expect in a hospital, but often at a lower cost and reduced infection risk. Because surgical centers like the Springfield Clinic Peoria Surgery Center are smaller, patients can expect faster discharges from the facility and shorter wait times for appointments and procedures. The comfortable, personalized environment in a more private setting can also improve a patient’s overall experience of the procedure.
With this new surgery center, Springfield Clinic surgeons will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology for enhanced surgical outcomes as well as six licensed beds in a recovery center to accommodate extended-stay patient care needs. This is a new service Springfield Clinic is providing to the Peoria community, as the Springfield Surgery Center currently is not equipped to accommodate any overnight stays after a procedure.
“Many people don’t realize that not all surgical procedures require hospitalization,” says Dr. Tsoraides. “However, in addition to the truly outpatient procedures we will be able to perform at the new Surgery Center, we’re excited to be able to offer some patients the option of staying up to 72 hours in our comfortable, private environment. These are patients who might need observation or additional care immediately following their procedure.”
The Voice of the Patient
Many of Springfield Clinic’s surgeons in Peoria have been providing surgical care as a part of the Peoria Surgical Group for years before becoming Springfield Clinic Peoria and will be bringing a wealth of surgical knowledge and experience to the new Springfield Clinic Peoria Surgery Center.
What are patients saying already about surgeons at Springfield Clinic Peoria and Springfield Clinic Peoria Heights? These responses come directly from patient surveys collected by Press Ganey:
“Great professional people, but still comforting and caring. Love this facility.”
“I did not feel rushed like I was just another number. I felt respected and that I mattered as an individual.”
“I was 100% happy with the office staff, nurse, and doctor! They were all very helpful and made me feel like I was more than a patient.”
Also according to patient feedback through Press Ganey surveys, in 2022, the Springfield Clinic Peoria office performed better than 88% of its peers nationally, and the Springfield Clinic Peoria Heights office performed better than 93% of its peers nationally. Ten of the providers (physicians and advanced practice providers) at Springfield Clinic Peoria and Springfield Clinic Peoria Heights rank in the top 10% in patient experience nationally, five of whom rank in the top 1%.
Needless to say, the Springfield Clinic surgeons and staff in Peoria are immensely proud to be recognized for the exceptional care they strive to provide each and every day.
About Springfield Clinic
For more than 84 years, Springfield Clinic has been dedicated to delivering the highest quality primary and specialty care to patients in central Illinois. Springfield Clinic is a community-based organization with more than 650 physicians and advanced practitioners delivering care in more than 80 medical specialties and subspecialties throughout the 90 locations in the 20 Illinois counties they serve. Committed to improving health, providing value, and serving the community every day, Springfield Clinic stays true to the roots of the organization that began as five physician partners in 1939: ensuring that exceptional care is available close to home for all members of the community Springfield Clinic serves.
To learn more about Springfield Clinic’s commitment to caring, medical specialties, or services, visit their website at www.SpringfieldClinic.com. Information about Springfield Clinic Peoria is available at www.SpringfieldClinic.com/our-locations/springfield-clinic-peoria.