Proliance Surgeons is taking the spread of COVID-19 very seriously. We are monitoring the situation, staying in touch with our local Public Health officials, and updating our processes and protocols accordingly.
It is important to know that 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild or without symptoms. Like the seasonal flu, COVID-19 infection is more severe in patients with chronic underlying health conditions and the elderly. For the most updated information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s Share the Facts, Stop the Fear page.
We will update this page as we learn more to provide you updated resources on COVID-19.
In order to help us protect you, our staff and other patients, please call us to reschedule your appointment, if you have any of the following symptoms:
a fever over 100F
new onset of shortness of breath
or feel sick
We appreciate your patience during this time.
We are providing these links to up-to-date resources for your convenience.
A new Washington call center can answer questions about the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), how it spreads and what to do if you have symptoms. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
The public can help:
Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
Stay home when sick.
Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
PROLIANCE SURGEONS OFFERS ASSISTANCE TO HOSPITALS & SURGEONS DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK AND POSTPONES ALL ELECTIVE SERVICES
Decision to postpone all elective procedures until March 27, 2020 preserves capacity at local hospitals and reduces exposure to the novel coronavirus by performing urgent and emergent procedures at Proliance’s ambulatory surgical facilities instead of within the hospital environment; Postponements include non-urgent Ambulatory Surgical Care and clinic visits, MRI, PT, etc.; Obstetrical care will continue
SEATTLE, WASH. – March 18, 2020 – Proliance Surgeons, Inc., one of the nation’s largest surgical practices, announced that it would postpone all elective surgeries in Proliance-controlled Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) and temporarily suspend non-urgent patient care at each of its clinics and other facilities during the Coronavirus outbreak in the region. Urgent care will continue by Proliance surgeons in our locations and in partnership with area hospitals.
“We have made the necessary decision to postpone all elective procedures as well as patient appointments at each of our clinics within Proliance,” said Charles Peterson II, M.D., President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Proliance Surgeons. “It has become clear that the most critical key to successfully overcoming the COVID-19 epidemic involves drastically limiting the number of close contacts between people.”
Proliance Care Centers are limiting care to urgent and emergent encounters only until Friday, March 27, 2020. The organization made this decision on March 15, 2020 and instituted it widely on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at each of its facilities. This includes all ambulatory service center procedures, clinic visits, MRI’s, PT, and other general patient care programs. Obstetrical care will continue to be provided uninterrupted.
“We will continue to monitor the situation with our healthcare community and government, and will update the community if and when this changes,” he added.
Proliance is also instituting telemedicine services to provide an additional layer of protection for patients, staff and providers.
Assisting Local Hospitals & Surgeons
Proliance Surgeons’ administrative leaders are in contact with Washington hospital systems to offer assistance in delivering acute care for patients with fractures, trauma, or urgent surgical care in seven different surgical specialties.
“As a specialty-care surgical organization, we can offer our surgical teams to provide urgent and appropriate emergent surgical care in our carefully-screened ASC’s as a critical backup to Puget Sound area hospitals. Offering those hospitals the unique option of providing surgical services at our ASC’s ensures our hospital colleagues can focus on COVID-19 patients. This maintains social distancing standards, preserves personal protective equipment and lowers the potential for COVID-19 exposures for patients, families and staff.”
Patients with urgent injuries or urgent care needs in specialties (orthopedics, sports medicine, ear nose & throat, general surgery, ophthalmology, pain management and urology) treated by Proliance Surgeons should first call their Proliance Surgeons’ office for further information. Then, if necessary, can visit the Proliance website at ProlianceSurgeons.com to identify available ASC and clinic locations that are remaining open during this time period.
In addition to providing urgent surgical services to ease the burden on local hospitals, Proliance is in contact with local surgeons to offer availability of its ASC operating rooms and staff to help them provide urgent surgical care for patients.
“All King County healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing the highest quality medical care to patients in acute and emergency situations,” said Dr. Peterson. “By partnering with each other, we are better able to serve to the healthcare needs of our community, flatten the curve of COVID-19 disease spread, and come through this crisis more safely and quickly.”
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About Proliance Surgeons
Proliance Surgeons (https://www.proliancesurgeons.com) is one of the largest surgical practices in the country with more than 400 providers including 250 board-certified surgeons, providing treatment at over 90 Care Centers and 20 Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Washington. The organization’s range of specialties includes: Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Pain Management, Sports Medicine and Physiatry. More than 50,000 outpatient surgeries are performed annually in the organizations’ ASCs, where quality is excellent and costs are typically lower, with faster recovery times than in traditional hospitals. In 2019, Proliance physicians had more than one million patient visits. Its unique in-house business model combines cutting-edge clinical expertise with innovation to bring patients a new kind of healthcare that puts them in the driver’s seat, reducing rehabilitation time and medical costs.
A: Phreesia is a mobile check-in service, allowing you to complete pre-registration forms from your own device in the privacy of your home instead of when you arrive to your appointment. You may also register when you arrive to the office on your own device, on a Phreesia Arrivals station or on a provided PhreesiaPad.
Q: Why is Proliance Surgeons partnering with Phreesia?
A: Select Proliance Surgeons care centers are partnering with Phreesia in an effort to save you time and ensure that your health records will always be up-to-date. The information you enter is private and secure, and will allow your team to focus on providing optimal patient care.
Q: Is the Phreesia system secure?
A: Yes. Phreesia provides industry-leading privacy and security for our patient's data. They are held to the same standards as Proliance Surgeons related to protecting your information. For additional information about Phreesia's security visit Phreesia's Patient Privacy page.
Q: Do we need to use the new system for every appointment?
A: Yes. But once you have completed the initial registration, the next time will be much quicker because Phreesia saves your answers.
Q: Do I need to download an app to do mobile check-in?
A: No. There is no app – you simply click the link provided in the text message or email. This allows you to securely answer any registration and medical questions necessary for your appointment.
Q: Can I complete the forms in a language other than English?
A: Yes! Mobile registration is available to be completed in Spanish or English. (Additional languages to be determined.)
Q: What happens if I can’t finish my registration before the appointment?
A: That’s okay! If you have not completed your registration before the visit, see one of our receptionists, and they will be happy to send you a new link. Don't worry, Phreesia saves the information you entered previously.
A physician-owned-and-managed company, Proliance Surgeons (https://www.proliancesurgeons.com) is one of the largest surgical practices in the country with more than 458 providers including 245 board-certified physicians, providing treatment at 38 Care Centers and 23 Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Washington. The organization’s range of specialties include: Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Pain Management, Sports Medicine and Physiatry. More than 50,000 outpatient surgeries are performed annually in the organizations’ ASCs, where quality is excellent and costs are typically lower, with faster recovery times than in traditional hospitals. In 2018, Proliance physicians had more than one million patient visits. Its unique in-house business model combines cutting-edge clinical expertise with innovation to bring patients a new kind of healthcare that puts them in the driver’s seat, reducing rehabilitation time and medical costs.
Ronald Gregush, MD, a Proliance Surgeons physician, has partnered with SwiftPath to provide joint replacements in an outpatient setting. Dr. Gregush is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at ProOrtho. He specializes in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine.
SwiftPath Program, LLC, which develops evidence-based, rapid recovery protocols vetted by experts that enable physicians to provide patients hip and knee replacements in an outpatient setting, welcomes Ronald Gregush, MD of ProOrtho, Kirkland, to the SwiftPath family of surgeons.
Historically, [hip and knee replacements] have been performed in a hospital setting, but the SwiftPath Method makes outpatient surgery an option by providing the protocols, methodology and technologies necessary for surgeons to operate successfully in an outpatient environment.
Rainier Orthopedic Institute just launched the SwiftPath Program and hosted their first JointCamp. The SwiftPath program helps to prepare patients for joint replacement surgery and select the ideal patients for outpatient surgery. Rainier Orthopedic Institute joins other Proliance care centers in utilizing this program.
Improving the process of outpatient joint replacement takes institutional commitment and the SwiftPath Program is their valued partner through this journey. Thank you to Dr. Steedman, Dr. Adams, [ROI] Administrator Teri Miller, JointCamp Instructor DeAnna Hungerland and the entire team at Rainier Orthopedic Institute.
"When you can show that patients are doing well, complications are low, patients are happier, and costs are less—those things matter to patients, insurers, employers and all stakeholders in this whole process," said Dr. Steedman.
The timing of this launch is especially good news considering the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is about to remove total knee arthroplasty from their inpatient only list. Read more about the rule change at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
Voters nominated their most esteemed peers based on years of experience, competency, rapport with patients, patient satisfaction and compliance with care recommendations, and ability to work effectively with colleagues across specialties to deliver the best patient care.
We are honored to have over 60 of our physicians and physician assistants make the list from the following Proliance care centers:
Congratualtions to Puget Sound Orthopaedics! The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce has selected Puget Sound Orthopaedics for the 2017 Spotlight on Business Award in the large business category. The chamber of commerce honors businesses who have set the standard for exemplary business practices. Puget Sound Orthopaedics received the award because of the outstanding contributions it makes to the local community.
John T. Parker, MD, is offering an innovative new therapy for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. The Inspire® upper airway stimulation system is a fully implantable nerve stimulator, which works to keep your airway from collapsing during sleep. Inspire is indicated for treatment of patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea who are intolerant of CPAP therapy.
Inspire therapy works by implanting a small device under your skin. The device is placed in an outpatient procedure at our ASC, with no overnight stay involved. Once implanted, the device works by delivering minute electrical impulses to selected nerves innervating the tongue musculature to keep the airway open during sleep. You receive a remote control to activate the device during sleep and inactivate it while awake. Studies have shown the treatment to be highly effective in preventing airway obstruction and to be well tolerated by users. Over 1,600 patients throughout the United States have received Inspire implants.
Dr. Parker, who is board certified in otolaryngology, is the only physician in the state of Washington trained to offer Inspire therapy. Proliance is proud to be among the first to offer this treatment.
Last week, Dave Fitzgerald, Proliance Surgeons CEO and Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) Government Affairs Committee Chairman, joined other select ASCA representatives to speak with John Brooks, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Counselor for Health Policy. Brooks reports directly to HHS Secretary Tom Price.
During the meeting, they discussed how Medicare payment policies are impacting ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), including how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) can "leverage the high-quality and cost-effective care that ASCs provide" by allowing ASCs to be reimbursed for the same procedures for which hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) are reimbursed through Medicare. ASCA representatives requested that reimbursement rates for ASCs be updated annually according to the same healthcare market basket that adjusts HOPD payments.
The meeting was very positive, and Mr. Brooks was receptive to our concerns. ASCA will continue to advocate for Medicare payment policies that will encourage the movement of services to ASCs and provide patients with access to our high-quality, lower-cost setting.
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is the national membership association that represents ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and provides advocacy and resources to assist ASCs in delivering high quality, cost-effective ambulatory surgery to all the patients they serve.
Seattle Met asks medical and nursing professionals in Western Washington: “If you or a loved one needed care, whom would you choose?”
Congratulations to all orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle! This year we are proud to announce that every surgeon and physician assistant at OSS earned a top spot in Seattle Met magazine's 2017 Top Doctors list. The complete Top Doctors list will be published in the August 2017 issue of Seattle Met magazine.
Seattle Met magazine and Professional Research Services are conducting Seattle Met’s 12th annual peer-review survey in the Seattle area to determine 2017’s Top Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants.
For the survey, medical and nursing professionals will be asked to nominate up to five physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants that they deem the best in their field of practice within King, Snohomish, Kitsap, and Pierce Counties. Practitioners may not vote for themselves.
To learn more about OSS physicians and staff, please visitwww.seattleortho.com or call 206-784-8833.