United Samaritans seeks to buy surgery center in Danville

United Samaritans seeks to buy surgery center in Danville

DANVILLE — Provena United Samaritans Medical Center is seeking permission from a state regulatory panel to purchase Danville Healthcare, a 10-year-old outpatient surgery center in Danville.

The hospital would still do outpatient surgeries in its own ambulatory care unit, but wants to offer its patients the choice and convenience of a less restrictive setting, hospital spokeswoman Gretchen Wesner said.

Outpatient surgery centers also tend to attract more physicians, she said.

The surgery center, owned by Dr. Tom Pliura, would be sold to the hospital for $4.6 million if the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approves the transaction.

Wesner said the hospital plans to offer physicians ownership opportunities if the sale is approved.

Pliura couldn't be reached for comment, but Scott Hendren, director of operations for Danville Healthcare, said Pliura's goal in establishing the surgery center was "to provide high quality medical care at a lower cost and more convenience."

In today's market, he said, it's easier to do that with a hospital or clinic partner. A partnership with Christie Clinic was explored, but didn't come to fruition.

United Samaritans expressed an interest about a year ago, he said, and it was decided the best move would be to transfer 100 percent ownership to the hospital.

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