ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A group of Albany surgeons are expanding their practice as it moves to a new facility.
The doctors are opening a true outpatient general surgery center.
Albany Surgical is moving to its new facility on Westover Boulevard.
Surgeons there say the hope to attract more patients by offering lower health care costs with state of the art care.
The finish touches are being put into the new Albany Surgical outpatient surgical center. In the planning for years, the dream of four of Albany's top surgeons is coming true, becoming only the second outpatient surgery center south of Atlanta.
Dr. Price Corr said "We got permission from the state to be specialists in general surgery in 2008, and that has allowed us to offer this to our patients."
Now patients wanting help with reflux problems, vein issues, or any health issue requiring surgery can have an alternative to a big hospital.....with lower health care costs.
Dr. Chris Smith said "We'll be able to be more efficient with time, more efficient with costs. And with very, very pleasing results for people who come through our facility."
The Doctors think their outpatient surgery center will be an economic development generator for Albany.
Dr. Bob Aderhold said "We're hoping to keep people here for operations and procedures who may be leaving town right now. And we're hoping that we'll provide maybe a reason for some businesses to either locate here or at least stay here that might otherwise pull up stakes and move."
The Albany Surgical doctors will still do surgery at Phoebe Putney Hospital, and say their center will not harm its business.
Corr said "Hopefully we'll bring things here to the hospital that would not ordinarily have come to Albany but for our surgery center, and the scope of our practice will bring people here."
Albany Surgical will open its new facility to patients Wednesday, and plan to start performing procedures there in Mid May.
There are five surgeons already practicing at Albany Surgical, and two more surgeons will be joining the practice by the summer to staff what will be the largest outpatient surgery center in South Georgia.