It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Central Arkansas Surgical Center specializes in surgery. It does take a closer look to figure out what CASC is all about.
CASC offers streamlined medical service with an emphasis on care and treatment of patients.
Zakary Baker, CASC administrator, says the mission is for CASC to be the first choice in the River Valley for anyone needing an outpatient procedure.
“We have the latest technology, a great set of specialists,” Baker says. We have an educated personnel and pool of providers, and RNs who have experience with this type of thing.”
Baker says he’s proud of the family atmosphere and services CASC provides. He’s worked at CASC for three years and enjoys spending time with his coworkers.
“We’re a small, tight-knit group,” Baker says. “This is like a family. Even in my role as an administrator, typically, you wouldn’t see someone in that role go out and work with the staff and take care of patients and that’s the opportunity I have with the center.”
Patients can expect one to two hours as the normal duration from pre-op to recovery at CASC depending on the procedure.
“Typically, they are in pre-op within 30 to 40 minutes,” says Baker. “Depending on the surgery, it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and 20 or an hour and a half. Usually, they spend 15 to 30 minutes in recovery is a typical visit.”
CASC employs eight physicians, each focusing on a different specialty including: orthopedic surgery, podiatry, foot and ankle surgery, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, gastroenterology and pain management.
Commonly performed surgeries are hand surgery; ophthalmology; cataract; YAG Laser; orthopedics; carpal tunnel; knee arthroscopy; rotator cuff repair; shoulder arthroscopy; trigger finger release; otolaryngology (ENT); adenoidectomy; tonsillectomy; tympanostomy; pain management; cervical epidural steroid injection; lumbar epidural steroid injection; SI joint injections; pediatric surgery; podiatry; bunionectomy; hammertoe repair.
“This is more patient centered,” Baker says. “From the time you walk in, to the time you leave. We’re not trying to herd people in here like cattle. While we want to be efficient, we also want to make sure each patient gets the attention they need and that they have a great experience while they’re here.”
Baker’s family uses CASC for surgerie.
“My own mother and father have come here for procedures at this center,” says Baker. I’m just really proud of the work we do here and the services we can offer the community.”
CASC is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed Saturday and Sunday. It is located at 151 East Aspen Lane, SH No 830 and can be contacted by calling the office number at 479-967-1117.