What is an ASC?
ASCs are facilities for surgical patients who do not need to be admitted to the hospital. ASC patients typically arrive for admission, have surgery performed in a full-service operating room with specialized staff, recover safely and quickly from anesthesia and return home within hours of their surgery. Some procedures require patients to stay for several hours to allow nurses to monitor their recovery.
What types of surgeries are performed at ASCs?
Depending on the ASC, the center may specialize in one service line such as plastic surgery or eye care, while other centers may offer multi-specialties such as ear, nose and throat procedures, gynecological procedures, general procedures, orthopedic procedures and podiatry procedures. WOSC is a multi-specialty ASC.
Why Choose an ASC?
ASCs are on the cutting edge of technology often utilizing the most current surgical innovations with the least invasive techniques allowing patients to return to their normal lifestyle sooner. ASCs are efficient, understanding that everyone’s time is important. Their convenient surgical flow allows you less wait time and less bureaucracy and offers patient-friendly, family-centered environments.
Many ASCs have undergone a rigorous accreditation process performed by an independent accrediting your local ASC. These accreditations may include Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO), the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) or the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF).
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
This Surgery Center has adopted the following list of Rights and Responsibilities for Patients:
PATIENT CONCERNS AND/OR GRIEVANCES:
Persons who have a concern or grievance regarding Washington Outpatient Surgery Center, including but not limited to, decisions regarding admission, treatment, discharge, denial of services, quality of services, courtesy of personnel or any other issue are encouraged to contact the Administrator or write a statement to:
Washington Outpatient Surgery Center
2299 Mowry Ave., Fremont CA 94538
Washington Outpatient Surgery Center is Medicare Certified and is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. Any complaints regarding services provided at Washington Outpatient Surgery Center can be directed in writing or by telephone to:
Department of Public Health
850 Marina Bay Parkway
Richmond, CA 94804-6403
5250 Old Orchard Road, Suite200
Medicare patients should visit the website below to understand your rights and protections
An “Advance directive” is a general term that refers to your oral and written instructions about your future medical care, in the event that you become unable to speak for yourself. Each state regulates the use of advance directives di¬fferently. There are two types of advance directives: a living will and a medical power of attorney. If you would like a copy of the Official State advance directive forms, visit http://www.calhealth.org/Download/AdvanceDirective_English.pdf or http://www.calhealth.org/Download/AdvanceDirective_Spanish.pdf
OUR SURGERY CENTER’S ADVANCE DIRECTIVE POLICY:
The majority of procedures performed at the Surgery Center are considered to be of minimal risk. Of course, no surgery is without risk. You and your surgeon will have discussed the specifics of your procedure and the risks associated with your procedure, the expected recovery and the care after your surgery.
It is the policy of the Surgery Center, regardless of the contents of any advance directive or instructions from a health care surrogate or attorney in fact, that if an adverse event occurs during your treatment at the Surgery Center, the personnel at the Surgery Center will initiate resuscitative or other stabilizing measures and transfer you to an acute care hospital for further evaluation. At the acute care hospital further treatment or withdrawal of treatment measures already begun will be ordered in accordance with your wishes, advance directive, or health care power of attorney.
I received information on patient rights, patient responsibilities, physician disclosure, advance directive policy and grievance policy at least one day in advance of my surgery.