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news Worthington, 56187
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

Editor's note: This is the final part of a five-part series related to the history of Avera Medical Group Worthington.

WORTHINGTON - To Treva Marks, the new ambulatory surgery center at Avera Medical Group Worthington is all about offering a choice.

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Marks, who joined Avera in Worthington six months ago, is the Surgery Center Nurse Manager inside the new facility, which opened on Ryan's Road earlier this month. While the Avera Medical Group Worthington building has been serving the public for the past few weeks, the surgery center portion - located on the third floor - is still getting prepared for its required certification and licensure, and should be open in the near future.

"Worthington's hospital has been in the community for a long time, and the services it provides are extremely valuable," said Marks, who has 29 years of experience in the surgical arena.

At Avera Medical Group Worthington's Surgery Center, however, the patients are simply are there for surgical procedures, though they must meet stringent admissions criteria. The surgery center also must meet the same types of industry standards for infection control and sterilization as hospitals, Marks said.

"We are here to perform only those cases that do not require overnight hospitalization," Marks explained. "Let's say you're going to have to have a lap (laproscopic) gall bladder. We'll do that, we'll do colonoscopies. ... we'll do cataracts and more. We think it's a great asset to the community to be able have this kind of choice right in Worthington."

Marks emphasized that the same rules for a hospital apply to an ambulatory surgery center, with the key difference being no overnight stays. The surgery center has two operating rooms, a procedure room for colonoscopies and upper endoscopies, and staff will be able to perform orthopedics, ophthalmology and urology procedures.

"The key is, you're healthy going in and you're healthy going out," Marks said.

Prior to arriving in Worthington, Marks ran an ambulatory center for a group of opthomologists in Sioux Falls, S.D., for 13 years. She is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, where she earned her RN as well as bachelor's degree in health administration. She later received her master's degree in management at Colorado Technical University.

Marks is excited to have the opportunity to open an ambulatory surgery center that she promises will meet existing high standards of quality and care. If it's not a good enough place for her to take her own mother to, she said, it's not good enough for anyone.

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