Improving healthcare in our community is a core activity of Lake Ridge Ambulatory Surgery Center. However, we are resource constrained and do not have the expertise to address all the needs of the community. As an outpatient surgery center, we do not deliver primary care but do work closely with our medical staff of surgeons, anesthesia and our hospital partner Sentara to help our patients reach their full potential by providing timely, effective, coordinated healthcare.
Because our hospital partner Sentara leads the planning effort for our community, related to needs assessment, we have collaborated with them in preparing our community health assessment based on data collected and the 2013 Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment. The assessment is used as our foundation for the implementation strategy to address the priority needs of our surgery patients. This provides us with an overview of the health status of the residents in our community. It also provides us with information about health related problems that may impact our decision making process in evaluating which patients are appropriate for outpatient procedures at our ambulatory surgery center as well as which co-morbidities our selected patients are likely to have.
Because we deliver outpatient surgery care, we focus on ASA classifications related to factors such as obesity, hypertension, chronic pain, arthritis, cardiac history, diabetes, drug and alcohol abuse, smoking and other key factors. In addition, a review of the population we serve includes age, educational level, and racial and ethnic composition, which may affect their health status.
Our patient selection begins at our physician offices and also includes pre-assessment by our anesthesia providers as well as a pre-operative nurse phone assessment that looks at risk factors identified by the patient, the physician’s history and physical documentation and the assessment of our patient population globally.
In addition we work closely with Sentara and the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide healthcare for uninsured or underinsured patients; we actively work with the medical staff to ensure that we continue to provide at least 4.7% of our revenue to charity eligible patients in our area.
The collaboration of Lake Ridge Ambulatory Surgery Center with partners such as our physician offices, Sentara, the Virginia Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control, local public health agencies and local charity agencies including The Prince William Area Free Clinic help us to improve the health of the community we serve.