HELIAN HEALTH GROUP DEVELOPING AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTER IN SALINAS, CALIF.
HELIAN HEALTH GROUP DEVELOPING AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTER IN SALINAS, CALIF. MONTEREY, Calif., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Helian Health Group Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: HHGR) announced today that it is developing the Salinas Surgery Center -- the first freestanding ambulatory surgery center in Salinas, Calif. -- and the company's fifth surgical facility. Helian will also manage the 10,000 square-foot facility. The new surgery center will have four operating rooms and a special procedure room. The Salinas Surgery Center is scheduled to be completed during the Spring of 1993. Nearly 60 percent of all surgeries in the United States are now routinely performed on an outpatient basis including orthopedic; gynecological; eye, ear, nose and throat; reconstructive; urological; and general surgery procedures. In excess of 3,000,000 surgeries are performed in freestanding surgery centers each year in the United States. Modern freestanding surgery centers offer safe, often less stressful alternatives to traditional hospitals for those seeking many types of elective surgeries. Surgery centers often provide significant savings to patients and insurance carriers -- fees are typically 20 percent to 40 percent lower than hospital surgery charges. Additionally, patients recover at home in the comfort of familiar surroundings. Thomas D. Wilson, president of Helian, said, "Our company's first ambulatory surgery center opened in 1976. In June 1992, Helian opened its first surgical specialty hospital, the Recovery Inn(SM) of Los Gatos (Calif.). The last three months of this year will see the opening of two more surgical facilities -- the Recovery Inn(SM) of Menlo Park (Calif.) and the Northridge Surgery Center (Southern California). With the announcement of the Salinas Surgery Center, Helian will be developing its fifth surgery operation. Also, we are very pleased that this surgical facility will be located near our home office in Monterey, Calif. We feel that the Salinas Surgery Center will provide Salinas residents a facility in which more than 50 percent of the community's surgical needs can be met at significant savings." Helian Health Group Inc. is a progressive medical services company that concentrates on specialty surgical centers and occupational health care. Helian is dedicated to solving the major health problem that confronts the United States today -- namely, lowering the high cost of medical services. To this end, Helian specializes in two modern methods of providing health care: Surgery Centers: Helian operates one of the nation's leading ambulatory surgery centers (Surgecenter of Palo Alto, Calif.). The company is developing two more surgery centers in California: One in Northridge and another in Salinas. Helian is actively introducing new-concept surgical hospitals to the medical community. The first of these -- the Recovery Inn(SM) of Los Gatos, Calif., opened June 1, 1992. On Oct. 29, the company will celebrate the Grand Opening of the second of these specialty surgical hospitals -- the Recovery Inn(SM) of Menlo Park, Calif. Occupational Health Care: Helian is the dominant provider of occupational health care in Tuscon, Ariz.; Fresno, Calif. and Atlanta. The company has more than 10,000 employer clients and attends to more that 225,000 patient visits per year. -0- 10/26/92 /CONTACT: J. Spencer Davis, vice president, investor and media relations for Helian Health Group, 408-646-9000/ (HHGR) CO: Helian Health Group, Inc. ST: California IN: HEA SU: PDT
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|Date:||Oct 26, 1992|
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