A local health care consultant has organized a new group to represent Hawaii’s ambulatory surgery centers.

Longtime Kailua resident and health care consultant Woodrow Moore, also the founder of the Texas ASC Society, spearheaded the Hawaii ASC Association, which held its inaugural meeting in June.

Moore also owns consulting firm The Physician’s Advocate and is a member of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Small Business Entrepreneurship Advocacy Committee.

“Hawaii’s ASC’s are organizing for local advocacy, continuing education and group purchasing initiatives,” Moore told PBN. “There’s much to share about Hawaii’s active ASC sector and its positive economic and healthcare impact on Hawaii’s patients and payers.”

Ambulatory surgery centers offer same-day services as an alternative to hospital outpatient procedures. Specialties include pain management, urology, orthopedics, plastic, gastrointestinal, ophthalmology, and more.

The centers only treat patients that have already visited a health care provider and have chosen surgery as the most suitable treatment.

Eighteen Medicare-certified ambulatory surgery centers are in operation on in Hawaii, according to the national ASC Association. Centers are located on Maui, Oahu and the Big Island.

Twenty-six attended the meeting in June, and the association will select a governing board and officers this month.