Capital Region Medical Center invested about $20 million in its new outpatient surgery center during the past year.
The health care provider held a ribbon-cutting and other celebrations surrounding the center during an all-day event Thursday.
Patients' experiences, payers' demands and other factors have for years caused outpatient procedures to be among the fastest growing sectors of U.S. health care.
The new CRMC center is intended to provide a comfortable, convenient way to get procedures done, according to Emily Mantle, director of marketing and public relations.
The center offers private rooms where patients may be at ease, a comfortable waiting area and a separate exit.
"The post-op and pre-op room will enable the family to get back there sooner and be with them during recovery," Mantle said.
The center, located beneath the Physician's Building at the hospital, 1125 Madison St., hosted staff and Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce for tours Thursday morning. It offered a presentation on bunion procedures, which may commonly be done within its walls.
Podiatry, endoscopy and other common procedures are planned for the facility. The center will give CRMC the chance to expand orthopedic care, Mantle said.
The hospital considered "off-site" locations for the center, but always returned to the space beneath the Physician's Building. That location, although used for parking until recently, had been designed as a potential space for hospital growth. It provided the footprint for the 24,000-square-foot center.
It had the space and convenience the hospital required. Physicians who perform procedures there may return to their offices and their practices in the floors above when procedures are completed.
The community was invited to "kick the tires" Thursday.
"We are super-excited -- it allows us to show-off our operating rooms," Mantle said. "The first surgery is expected to occur in the next couple of weeks."