Munster, Indiana, located on the outskirts of Chicago is the home of Surgical Munster Hospital and its Calumet Surgical Centre. Surgical Munster Hospital is one of two surgical hospitals managed by Regent Surgical Health Board, and it is owned by 30 physicians and the adjacent Hammond Clinic, with minority ownership from Regent.
The hospital is receiving due attention for providing exemplary outpatient care in Northern Indiana.
Physician-owned hospitals are created for the treatment of specialty medical or surgical problems. There are many factors that have increased the success of physician-owned hospitals and that are attracting the most talented physicians; lack of resources to physicians, overcrowding and low caretaker-patient ratio, to name a few.
Physicians are seeking alternatives in facilities like Surgical Munster Hospital because they create an environment that does not set administration at odds with patient care. Physicians are transitioning to these types of facilities for increased control in over-all hospital operation and productivity.
For the patients, these benefits manifest in greater structure to the surgery schedule (allowing patients to better plan their operation), a greater quality of care as a consequence of higher caretaker-to-patient ration, and a rate of infection much lower than the average general hospital. Infection rates in general hospitals can be exorbitantly high; they are essentially unavoidable because of the number and variety of patients and ailments, and the nature of airborne viruses. At a surgical hospital, patients are admitted with a specific and recognized aliment, so there is no guess work as to what is coming into the hospital.
Barro, Huckman, and Kessler (2006) analyzed Medicare claims data at the hospital referral region (HRR) level and found that specialty hospital entry leads to both a reduction in expenditures and a decrease in mortality. Public and private studies have shown that physician hospitals have fewer complications after procedures, lower infection rates, lower patient-to-nurse ratios and deliver high quality care.
These benefits are all encompassed by the Surgical Hospital of Munster. Recent patient satisfaction surveys have showed that the Surgical Hospital of Munster is delivering consistent quality of care. The data is so high—in the 95-98 percentile range for satisfaction scores—that it’s not just patients who are deciding to go to there, but physicians.
Currently, Surgical Hospital of Munster specializes in General Surgery, Gastroenterology, Urology, Gynaecology, Ear, Nose and Throat, Eye, Orthopaedic/Podiatric, Pulmonology and Pain Management. The physicians that work at Surgical Hospital are at the top of their profession and have come to work in an environment which is conductive to providing the highest standards and attention to patients. Moving into 2010, CEO Paul Skowron plans to leverage their strengths of high rates of patient satisfaction and low infection rates, and, pleased with their specialities thus far, they will expand their General, Orthopaedic, Spinal and Ear, Nose and Throat divisions.
As the hospital grows, so will their investment base. Physicians who work at Surgical Hospital of Munster are also owners, which see these doctors rewarded adequately for the work they are doing. As Skowron puts it, “Physicians Hospitals Association (PHA) publications on the general aspects of a physician owned hospital show that we are consistently patient-focused and quality driven.” And it is quantifiable. “We have the results borne out of patient satisfaction surveys head and shoulders above general hospitals.”
At Calumet Surgery Center, patients will receive the best care possible. Experienced physicians are at the center to provide exceptional care, and cover the following areas:
• General Surgery
• Ear, Nose & Throat
• Pain Management
• Anaesthesia AB