NEW YORK, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center (QBEC), New York's newest GI-focused Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC), received New York Department of Health approval on March 21st and began operations on March 25th. The center was formed by Azeem Khan, MD and Thomas Izquierdo MD, who partnered with Frontier Healthcare, a New York-based ASC management company, to develop the five-room, 10,000 sq. ft. center. Both physicians are part of the New York Presbyterian system and have privileges at New York Hospital Queens.
The project was initiated in late 2010 by Dr. Khan and Dr. Izquierdo who both had thriving practices and who met each other through NYHQ. "As Queens-focused gastroenterologists, we cater to a broad cross-section of the community," said Dr. Khan. "Both Dr. Izquierdo and I are at a point where we will soon outgrow our offices, and as such, this is a perfect time to team up and move to a larger, world-class and modern facility."
The five room center includes six pre-op bays and 10 recovery bays, which will be capable of treating over 15,000 patients a year. "While the Center will initially have significant space for additional cases, we envision that the utilization will rapidly increase," said Dr. Izquierdo. "There are many other Queens-based endoscopists who are similarly looking to upgrade from their Office-Based Surgery practice and move to an Article 28 facility."
QBEC represents Frontier's second center opening in as many months and its fourth in the past year, highlighting the continued trend in ASC growth and their acknowledgment as a key part of New York's health care delivery. "The ASC provides a low-cost, high quality alternative to hospital care, while providing superior infection control and life safety standards to a physician's office," said Jordan Fowler, CEO of Frontier Healthcare. "Both our partners are thrilled to begin performing cases in this beautiful, state-of-the art facility."
QBEC (www.queenboulevardendo.com) is a state-of-the-art ambulatory endoscopy center dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare service, patient care and operational excellence to the Queens community. The center was designed to promote high-quality care and in a personalized, professional environment and cater to all Queens' residents, including charity care.
About Frontier Healthcare
Frontier Healthcare partners with groups of physicians to develop and manage ASCs. Frontier manages the largest portfolio of ASCs in New York State, and its network of GI physicians represents over one hundred thousand cases annually across over eighty doctors, including some of the most well respected physicians in the tri-state area. In the past year Frontier has opened four New York City ASCs, including QBEC. Frontier manages the development process from start to finish, guiding its physicians through each part of the development process and, as a true partner to each ASC, manages and oversees each facility post-opening.
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