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PeaceHealth surgery center to open by end of month

Building and equipment upgrades resulted in slight delay

A closed sign is posted on the door of the former location of the Pacific Rim Outpatient Surgery Center Sept. 26.
A closed sign is posted on the door of the former location of the Pacific Rim Outpatient Surgery Center Sept. 26.
By Ralph Schwartz Local Government Reporter

PeaceHealth will begin offering outpatient surgeries at the former Pacific Rim Outpatient Surgery Center before the end of October, a spokesperson said.

PeaceHealth decided to launch its own outpatient surgery program, rather than renewing Pacific Rim’s lease at 3009 Squalicum Parkway in Bellingham. Pacific Rim closed its doors on Aug. 31.

The first patient could be seen as early as Oct. 26, said Bev Mayhew, a senior director of marketing and communications for PeaceHealth.

Officials initially anticipated the surgery center opening in early October. 

“PeaceHealth decided to do more extensive building and equipment upgrades than originally planned,” Mayhew said.

The new center will be staffed well enough to avoid “any decrease in service from the previous surgery center,” Mayhew told Cascadia Daily News in September. 

The facility will offer a range of surgeries and procedures that do not require overnight hospital stays, such as cataract surgeries and hip replacements.

Pacific Rim intends to maintain its local presence, with plans to build a smaller surgery center in the Cordata neighborhood.

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