Catholic Health to Acquire Majority Ownership of Ambulatory Surgery Center of Western New York

Aug 4, 2021News & PR

Catholic Health has entered into an agreement with Ambulatory Surgery Center of Western New York (ASC of WNY) to acquire a controlling stake in the multi-specialty surgery center located in Amherst. The largest ambulatory surgery center by volume in the region, ASC of WNY performs over 27,000 procedures annually and has been dedicated to quality and patient safety since its inception more than 20 years ago.

The Center and its highly skilled physicians and staff treat patients ranging from infants to adults, performing same-day surgery procedures that generally do not require an overnight stay. Both Catholic Health and ASC of WNY see the partnership as an opportunity to strengthen their shared commitment to offer convenient, high quality care to residents throughout the local community.

Focused on Accessible Healthcare

“We remain committed to leading the transformation of healthcare in our region and what better way to continue on that path than to partner with the visionary physicians and dedicated staff at ASC of WNY,” said Catholic Health President & CEO Mark A. Sullivan. “Patients in the Northtowns have entrusted their care to ASC of WNY and have also asked us to increase our outpatient presence in the community, while providing better access to Catholic Health’s array of services. As healthcare service locations and patient demand rebalances, so too must health systems. Having an ambulatory surgery presence in Amherst will help us better serve our patients with greater convenience and accessibility.”

ASC of WNY opened in 1999, primarily focused on ophthalmology procedures, which then quickly expanded to include orthopedic; cosmetic and plastic; podiatry; pain management; and ear, nose and throat same-day surgical services. The center, located at 945 Sweet Home Road in Amherst, includes six operating rooms, three procedure rooms, and a post-surgery recovery room. ASC of WNY is licensed by the New York State Department of Health, certified by Medicare, and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

 “The ASC of WNY looks forward to continuing to offer quality care in a non-traditional hospital setting to both adult and pediatric patients in the community.” said David P. Rigan, MD, Physician Representative of the ASC of WNY. “The affiliation between Catholic Health and the ASC of WNY gives the facility and its physician affiliates an opportunity to extend outreach within the community and support our continued commitment to provide safe, affordable and quality surgical care. As the demand for an alternative to traditional hospital care grows, the ASC looks forward to this affiliation to remain top of class in technology and cutting edge procedures and look forward to our future growth together.”

Meeting Patient Needs in the Northtowns and Beyond

JoAnn Vecchio, Administrator at ASC of WNY commented, “Through continued specialized patient-focused operations and high level clinical care, the ASC of WNY looks forward to being able to expand quality surgical services to all Catholic Health affiliates. We look forward to the affiliation operationally to help Catholic Health offer outpatient services in the Northtowns while still supporting operations in the Southtowns and beyond.”   

“Healthcare services today, enabled by innovation and advancements in medical technology, are increasingly being provided safely, comfortably, and cost-effectively in outpatient settings,” Sullivan added. “We are grateful for this partnership and committed to growing programs and services to meet our patients’ needs now and well into the future.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.