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    About Us | Palo Alto Surgecenter

    Growing to Meet Community Need

    The Surgecenter of Palo Alto has grown steadily to meet patient need since its inception in 1976, from about 800 cases in its first year to 12,450 in 2012.

    SCPA Volume since 1976 shows a steady increase from 1976 til 2013

    As specific needs have been identified since our inception, the Surgecenter of Palo Alto has made significant enhancements to services:

    • Introduction of endoscopic services in 1992, including screening colonoscopy; these services now represent 55% of our volume
    • Relocation of the Surgecenter into PAMF’s integrated Palo Alto campus in 2000 to provide a one-stop experience for our patients
    • Began to offer cataract surgeries in 2002 after the local hospital was no longer available for our patients wanting this procedure; patients needed a place to go, and now it is the Surgecenter’s second most frequent procedure – and a significant community benefit to this population
    • Addition of a third endoscopic suite in 2008 to meet community demand for these services

    In addition to changes made to accommodate increasing demand generally, the Surgecenter of Palo Alto has trended toward taking more patients with a higher physical status classification than before. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has set a classification scale to define a patient’s physical status. From 1994 to 2012, the Surgecenter of Palo Alto significantly increased its proportion of ASA 2 (patients with mild systemic disease) and ASA 3 (patients with severe systemic disease) patients.

    ASA set a classification scale to define a patient's physical status, Palo Alto's Surgecenter significantly increases its proportion of ASA 2 and ASA 3 patients from 1994 to 2012.

    Palo Alto Center
    Level A, Jamplis Building
    795 El Camino Real
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    Main phone: 650-321-4121
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