WHITTIER — The Southeast area's first separate facility for same-day or ambulatory surgery opened Monday on the grounds of Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier.
The Same Day Surgery Center, which cost $2.7 million to construct and equip, houses three surgical suites, two recovery rooms and a sitting-room area where patients can be joined by family or friends. About 90 surgeries a week are expected at the center.
Ambulatory surgery, which requires no overnight stay, has been provided by Presbyterian Intercommunity for several years, but hospital officials said the increased demand for such services necessitated opening the new center.
"It came about from a combination of patient and physician demand," hospital spokeswoman Judy von der Nuell said. "Nearly one-third of all surgical procedures done are on a same-day basis, and that figure will continue to grow."