St. Agnes buys center for surgery Hospital expandsto Ellicott City

April 14, 1993|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

St. Agnes Hospital has purchased a Columbia Medical Plan outpatient surgery center in Ellicott City, its first major expansion outside of Baltimore City in more than 100 years.

The Baltimore City hospital said it bought the Patuxent Surgicare Center at 2850 North Ridge Road on Monday to better serve patients in Howard and Baltimore counties.

"We felt we needed a facility close to them," hospital spokesman George J. Moniodis said. About 2,000 Howard County residents visited the hospital in 1991, hospital officials said.

The hospital will use the first floor of the three-story building to perform outpatient surgery ranging from podiatry to plastic surgery. The building is about 10 miles from St. Agnes Hospital and will be renamed the St. Agnes Surgery Center.

Mr. Moniodis and Columbia Medical Plan officials declined to reveal the purchase price of the 8-year-old building.

The purchase signifies a historic development for the 131-year-old hospital, Mr. Moniodis said.

"This is the first time that there has been an expansion of this magnitude outside of Baltimore City," he said. The hospital already has an office suite near the junction of routes 108 and 29 in Columbia. Several physicians and a nurse-midwife use five examining rooms there, Mr. Moniodis said.

Last year, Columbia Medical Plan doctors performed about 3,000 outpatient surgeries at the center, he said. Under St. Agnes' ownership, that number will "increase significantly," Mr. Moniodis said, although he would not give an estimate.

St. Agnes performed 5,780 outpatient surgeries last year, he said.

Thirty-four staff members of the Patuxent Surgicare Center will remain there as St. Agnes employees. They are primarily operating room nurses, nursing assistants, EKG technicians, clerical and support staff, managers and supervisors, Mr. Moniodis said.

Other Columbia Medical Plan employees in radiology, obstetrics/gynecology, physical therapy, laboratory, health screening, and surgery who are based in the building are not affected by the sale.

Medical director William E. Signor will oversee the St. Agnes Surgery Center, coordinating all surgeries, Mr. Moniodis said.

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