Maryland Summit Ambulatory Surgical Centers Named Tops by Becker's ASC Review

Jan 18, 2011, 09:00 ET from Chesapeake Urology Associates

BALTIMORE, Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Becker's ASC Review, a trade publication for ambulatory surgery center management that offers general business, legal and clinical guidance, selected the Maryland Summit Ambulatory Surgical Centers as a "Great Surgery Center to Work for."

Summit Ambulatory Surgical Centers, a part of Chesapeake Urology Associates, operates 14 locations throughout Central Maryland. The centers provide a surgical setting for urologic procedures performed by physicians of Chesapeake Urology physicians, the largest urologic practice in Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region.

"We are pleased to be acknowledged for providing a safe and valued place for our patients and for our employees," says Brad Lerner, M.D., director of the Summit Ambulatory Surgery Centers and chief of urology at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. "We have a very low, 6-percent turnover rate for the practice, including the surgery centers, well below what other practices deal with across the country. We're very proud to provide a pleasant and friendly work environment for our employees and benefits that are competitive within our industry."

Benefits for Chesapeake Urology employees include medical, prescription, dental and vision plans; company-paid life insurance; voluntary employee and dependent life insurance; flexible spending account; travel assist and will preparation programs; wellness program/gym membership program; retirement plan including employer profit sharing contribution; and a tuition reimbursement program.

The Summit Ambulatory Surgery Centers opened its first site in 1992 at Union Memorial Hospital. Annually, 36,000 cases are performed at the 14 locations throughout Maryland.  Procedures are utilized by Chesapeake Urology's 52 physicians, including urologists, radiation oncologists and a uropathologist.

Centers staff members provided the nomination for the recognition, citing benefits above and beyond those normally provided by medical practices. Some of the additional perks include: milestone anniversary rewards, annual bonus program, ongoing training and development, and breakfast celebrations for exceeding patient expectations. In addition, employees who pitch ideas which are integrated into operations receive rewards. Employees also have the opportunity to share input directly with the CEO during monthly luncheons. Employees may also help each other through a paid-time off donation program which allows staff members to give their Paid Time Off (PTO) days to other employees needing additional time off for catastrophic events such as major surgery.

"Our organization's theme is 'Our People Make Us the Best,' and we feel that employee satisfaction is an important aspect of our operations," adds Lerner. "We make it a priority to ensure our staff members give their best to our patients and the organization and if they are satisfied, that shows on a daily basis."

The Summit Ambulatory Surgery Centers are accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. Surgeries performed at the 14 centers include Brachytherapy for prostate cancer; Orchiectomy for testicular cancer; Cystoscopy; Prostate Biopsy; Lithotripsy; Circumcision; Minimally invasive treatments for BPH; Vasectomy; Hydrocelectomy; Spermatocelectomy; and Varicoceletomy.

For more on the recognition, visit:  

Chesapeake Urology Associates is the largest urology practice in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic Region, delivering the most innovative and compassionate urology care available. Composed of more than 45 of the mid-Atlantic region's top urologists, including many who are fellowship trained, 4 radiation oncologists, and a urologic pathologist, Chesapeake Urology provides the convenience of 16 urology centers and 14 surgical centers throughout the greater Baltimore, Maryland area. Experienced, board-certified urologists use advanced treatments to manage all types of urological problems for adults and children including prostate cancer, enlarged prostate, kidney stones, urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, male fertility and sexual health, vasectomy and vasectomy reversal, pelvic pain and clinical trials for urologic conditions. 

Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link.

Brad Lerner  

SOURCE Chesapeake Urology Associates