November 22, 2017

Hartford HealthCare, Constitution Surgery open Waterford ambulatory center

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Constitution Surgery Center East in Waterford opens to patients next week.

Hartford HealthCare and Avon-based Constitution Surgery Alliance have completed a new 22,000-square-foot outpatient surgery center in Waterford which will open to patients next week.

The cost of the Constitution Surgery Center East, at 140 Cross Road, was not provided.

The center will be used by existing Constitution orthopedic and opthamology surgeons, and by urologists relocating to the nearby Hartford HealthCare office at 196 Waterford Parkway. Other specialists will eventually be able to secure time in the center's three operating rooms.

Constitution Surgery Alliance is managing the center.

The new Constitution Surgery Center East replaces the site that Constitution has operated at 174 Cross Road. Surgeons outgrew that location, according to the facility's medical director and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Tarik Kardestuncer.

Hartford HealthCare's William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich on Dec. 15, 2016, received state approval to acquire a $16.7 million equity stake and 51 percent controlling interest in Constitution Surgery Center East LLC. At the time Hartford HealthCare sought approval for the stake, it noted the center was majority-owned by a group of 21 physicians with privileges at Backus and other area hospitals. Three weeks later the new surgery center, triple the size of the original, was announced, according to a January report in The Day of New London.

Hartford HealthCare's stake in the new center remains at 51 percent, with physicians and Constitution Surgery Alliance comprising the balance, according to a Hartford HealthCare spokeswoman.

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