As Stuart Surgery Center celebrates its one-year anniversary, we wanted to reflect on a year of success! In April 2018, Martin Health System (MHS), five of Martin’s gastroenterologists, and Compass Surgical Partners opened a freestanding GI facility in Stuart. This is Martin’s first freestanding GI center in Martin County/Stuart. The center provides for endoscopy procedures in a lower cost setting, a huge benefit to Martin County residents. The facility itself was repurposed from prior use as a multi-specialty surgery center: A win for not only patients (lower cost, ease of access), but also for the community at large as its puts into use an existing community asset in the heart of town.
The facility is now the primary outpatient endoscopy location for patients of MHS, providing care for over 3000 patients in its first year of operation. None of this would have been possible without the support and collaboration of Martin Health System; MHS GI physician staff; previous administrator Misty Risner; current administrator Margarita Johnson; Compass executives Beth Derby, Stacy Danahy, and Lori Meyer; and of course, the amazing staff at Stuart Surgery Center (pictured here on Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day). This is how you bring real value to the healthcare system.