Buffalo Ambulatory may venture into Niagara

March 15, 2012 Updated Mar 15, 2012 at 8:03 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by Allissa Kline

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March 15, 2012 Updated Mar 15, 2012 at 8:03 AM EDT

A Buffalo surgery center is exploring an expansion into Niagara County.

The Buffalo Ambulatory Surgery Center filed plans with the State Department of Health to open an extension clinic in Cambria adjacent to Cancer Care of WNY's complex on Saunders Settlement Road.

Buffalo Ambulatory Surgery will provide urology services at the site. The project is valued at $303,300.

Plans call for Buffalo Ambulatory Surgery to operate a free-standing surgery center on a part-time clinic basis in space adjacent to WNY Urology. According to the state application, the facility includes a 2,560-square-foot space on the first floor of a two-story building, with five procedure rooms, a nurses station and recovery areas.

The project follows last year expansion at its Harlem Road site, where it shares a building with Atwal Eye Care/Buffalo Eye Care Associates, owned by Dr. Amar Atwal. Atwal, who has an ownership stake in the ambulatory surgery center, performs his surgeries at the Buffalo center. The Harlem Road site, open since 1990, is adjacent to the main site for Cancer Care of WNY and its parent, WNY Urology Associates LLC.

Cancer Care of WNY, a subsidiary of WNY Urology Associates LLC, built the $11.5 million, 48,000-square-foot facility last summer. Plans called for offering urology, radiology and radiation oncology services for prostate, bladder and kidney conditions to start. Phase two would expand into a comprehensive cancer center with services to treat colorectal, breast and lung cancers.

The surgery center project requires approval by the DOH through the certificate-of-need process.

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