Wisconsin Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) recently visited the GI Associates surgery center in Stevens Point, WI as part of the WISCA Capitol Connection program to connect WISCA members with their local state legislators to show them firsthand the benefits of the Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) model of care.
“I greatly appreciated the opportunity to tour the new GI Associates surgery center in Stevens Point and witness the value of quality patient care delivered in ASCs, said Testin. “ I was able to meet with several local health care professionals, who took time out of their busy schedules to illustrate how the surgery center model of care can provide patients with cost-effective outpatient procedures in a safe and convenient environment.”
Testin, who was first elected to the Wisconsin Senate in 2016, represents the 24th Senate District, which stretches across numerous central Wisconsin counties, including Monroe, Wood, and Portage Counties, and includes the Cities of Wisconsin Rapid and Stevens Point. He currently serves as the Senate President Pro Tempore, is a member of the Legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate Health Committee.
During his tour, Testin received a real time glimpse into ASC operations, learning that surgery centers are modern, highly regulated healthcare facilities focused on providing same-day surgical care, including diagnostic and preventive procedures. WISCA used Testin’s visit to drive home the fact that the ASC model of care has transformed the outpatient experience for patients, providing them with a more convenient alternative to hospital-based outpatient procedures at a lower cost and with a strong record of quality care and positive outcomes.
“We were thrilled to host Sen. Testin at our new Stevens Point surgery center and appreciated the opportunity to showcase the quality patient care we provide to the community,” said Shelly Hoffman, Nurse Manager at GI Associates and WISCA Board member. “We are committed to providing safe, personalized care in the most cost-effective way possible for our patients, and we were grateful for Sen. Testin’s interest in the role surgery centers play in the state’s health care system.”
GI Associates has been serving North and Central Wisconsin for over 30 years. Their highly skilled providers diagnose and treat all aspects of digestive disorders, including liver disease. Their surgery centers offer state-of-the-art medical procedures to improve patient quality of life.