Healthcare expansion

April 8, 2014 Updated Apr 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM EDT

By Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First

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Healthcare expansion

April 8, 2014 Updated Apr 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM EDT


An Amherst free-standing surgery center is expanding, citing increases in case volume for orthopaedic, pain management and ophthalmology.

Buffalo Surgery Center LLC filed plans to build a $1.2 million, 35,000-square-foot facility at 3901 Sheridan Drive next door to its existing building on the Excelsior Orthopaedics LLP campus.

According to an application filed with the state Department of Health, the company will create 24,000-square-foot space within the building for the surgery center with four operating rooms, one more than the space it currently operates from within the Excelsior building at 3925 Sheridan.

The surgery center will also add a three-room gastroenterology ambulatory surgery suite with the addition of a group of 10 surgeons affiliated with Buffalo Medical Group.

Buffalo Surgery Center is a separate company from Excelsior, though it does share some of the same owners.

The creation of a new center on the campus also will allow Excelsior to expand by another 10,000 square feet with four additional clinic and exam rooms and likely more X-ray capability.

David Uba, CEO, said the practice has been growing in recent years, adding seven new surgeons with two more slated to join by 2015.

"The project's made a lot of sense for us between the overall growth of the practice, the growth of surgeries and new physicians looking for a spot," he said.

Excelsior is also looking to grow its Southtowns office, a 3,000-square-foot space in Orchard Park. Plans call for building or leasing a 10,000-square-foot space in the next 12 to 18 months. Surgeries for patients from that site will remain at the Sheridan Drive center.

The new building will be located on a four-acre plot at the back of the existing building. The campus also houses offices for Dr. Vivian Lindfield, who operates WNY Breast Health.

Founded in 1998, Buffalo Surgery Center is certified for multi-specialty surgery services, with a focus on musculoskeletal conditions, including bones, muscles, tendons and joints. Opthalmology was added in 2012. At the time of the expansion, Uba said the company was looking into developing a new building on available land at the site in the next two years.

Last year, more than 5,000 orthopaedic, pain management and ophthalmology procedures were performed at the site.

In stating the need for expanded gastroenterology services, the company cited the increase demand for colorectal cancer screenings. The application projects a total of 9,400 colorectal and gastroenterology cases in the first year after the center opens.

The company plans to finance the project from cash from operations, equity from existing owners and a term loan from M&T Bank.

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