Kahtnu Ventures, a group of local surgeons recently involved with the potential development of an Ambulatory Surgery Center, says it is continuing efforts to construct the facility in Kenai.
Earlier this fall, Kahtnu filed a Certificate of Need request with the state. The first effort for a Certificate of Need was turned down due to the lack of information in a timely basis. But, the door was left open for Kahtnu to continue its efforts for this state approval.
This weekend, Kahtnu Ventures, identified itself and its efforts through a press release. Local surgeon, Dr. James Zirul, says Kahtni has been formed with the goal of opening an Ambulatory Surgical Center in Kenai.
He says the center “would provide a patient-friendly way to receive needed healthcare services efficiently and at a significantly lower cost than can be provided at a larger hospital.” Zirul hopes the creation of this surgical center will reduce the number of patients seeking care in Anchorage.
Zirul says the surgeons would provide quality surgical services at the new center and at Central Peninsula Hospital. He says the surgeons are continuing discussions with Central Peninsula Hospital in hopes of developing a working relationship with CPH.
Previously, former CPH CEO Ryan Smith expressed concern about the development of this center.