- Eric Schwartzberg Staff Writer
Area health systems continue to bring services into Butler and Warren counties that previously required trips to Cincinnati or Dayton.
The most recent example is Cincinnati Eye Institute, which this week performed its first surgery at its new CEI Middletown Surgery Center.
Located near Atrium Medical Center, the ambulatory surgery center offers a full range of services that include cataract, glaucoma, cornea, oculoplastic and retina surgery. Patients will no longer having to go to CEI’s Ambulatory Surgery Center at its Blue Ash campus or CEI surgeries at various hospitals throughout the Cincinnati area.
“As you look at the growing population in Cincinnati and the growing importance of the I-75 corridor in the Cincinnati-Dayton market, we know there’s a huge population growth in that area and we’ve committed to serving that population,” said Dr. Daniel Miller, CEI’s chief medical officer.
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CEI’s clinical offices at 5950 Innovation Drive more than double the space for the institute and pushing it to recruit additional opthamologists and sub-specialists to provide care to the community.
Opening the surgical center Monday means being able to provide “the full gamut of opthamology surgical services to patients in the region,” Miller said.
CEI physicians who will perform surgeries in the new Middletown location include Dr. Robert Goulet (glaucoma and cataract specialist); Dr. Ginger Henson (ophthalmic plastic reconstructive specialist); Dr. Daniel Miller (retina specialist); Dr. Michael Nordlund (cornea specialist); and Dr. Gary Varley (cornea and refractive surgical specialist).
Todd Albertz, vice president of Surgical Services at CEI, said the new surgery center was “an ideal opportunity” for CEI to expand its services to allow Middletown-area patients to have eye surgery closer to their homes.
“Investing in additional operating rooms means a shorter wait for patients to have their surgeries, and more convenient access for their families,” Albertz said.