On that first rainy October day in 1987, eight patients underwent surgery at the newly opened one-day surgery center at Madison Irving. The very first surgery was a cataract procedure.
This was Crouse Hospital’s second outpatient surgery center, following the opening in 1976 of the center in the Physicians Office Building (one of the first ambulatory surgery centers in the U.S.).
Over the past 25 years, more than 120,000 patients have had surgery at Madison Irving. Its dedicated staff – many of whom have been there since the beginning – have between them 915 years of service to Crouse. Some staff members have gotten married, had children and now have grandchildren, but one thing remains constant: their dedication to serving our patients. Nurses like Anne Beehner (35 years with Crouse), Joan Plis (37 years) and Diane Travers (33 years) – each of whom call Crouse ‘home.’
On this special quarter-century anniversary, we say ‘thanks’ to the entire outstanding team at Madison Irving Surgery Center. You all are ‘Simply the Best’!
Pictured below the group shot: the Madison Irving Five. These nurses were there right at the beginning back in October 1987, helping to get the new surgery center up and running. Left to right: Joan Plis, RN; Anne Beehner, RN; Pat Himiak, RN; Diane Travers, RN; Roxanne Gettino, RN.