(Attendees left to right – Dr. Kikkeri, Dr. Schade, Representative Gooden, Heather Watson, RN (constituent), Adam Hornback, RN (administrator) and Dr. Port).  

“I have never toured a surgery center and I was surprised to see that a number of my constituents work there” stated Representative Lance Gooden R-District 4 from Terrell who toured the North Texas Team Care (NTTC) Surgery Center on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Representative Gooden is a member of the House Insurance Committee and was invited by the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society (TASCS) to participate in a tour and briefing to learn more about the ASC industry.

“We explained the significant cost savings, quality of care and safety at a surgery center for Texans who are Representative Gooden’s constituent in this briefing” stated Dr. C.M. Schade. Rep. Gooden was able to see firsthand all of the ASC operations, including a shoulder surgery post op procedure. “ If one of my family members were going to have an elective procedure, I would want them to have it in an ASC” stated orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Port.

Rep. Gooden was also able to watch a cervical injection performed by Dr. Kikkeri and watch the delicate placement of the needle into the epidural space and follow the patient through to the recovery area.

Rep Gooden remarked in a subsequent conversation with Executive Director Krista DuRapau, NTTC Administrator Adam Hornback, RN and NTTC doctors, Dr. Kikkeri and Schade, he was impressed with how many patients were there and how many different types of procedures were being performed in the ASC setting and he felt “more of his colleagues in the Legislature should tour a surgery center to learn how less costly surgery can be for their constituents”.

“We were delighted to host Rep. Gooden and given his remarks and insights, it confirmed that our industry needs to host more of these tours with more elected officials and provide more education” stated NTTC Administrator Adam Hornback, RN. 

 Special Thanks to North Texas Team Care for hosting this tour!