CCH expanding health care services through Columbus Plastic Surgery

January 16, 2019

Columbus Community Hospital this week revealed a new cog in its health care machine by announcing the inception of Columbus Plastic Surgery.

The new clinic is the first plastic surgery clinic in Columbus and will be located in the Healthpark Medical Office Building, 4508 38th Street, Suite 165. The practice, scheduled to be fully operational toward the end of January, is helping to fulfill the organizational goal of filling in the small amount of existing service line holes.

“That’s what I’ve been focused on for nine years (since taking over at CCH),” CCH President/CEO Mike Hansen told The Telegram. “I think I can safely say that we have filled in most of those gaps that we had nine years ago. We have a very strong hospital and excellent organizational culture here in Columbus.”

Joining the clinic is Dr. Sanjay Mukerji, a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been in practice for more than 20 years. Mukerji received his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and trained in Washington D.C. Currently, Hansen said Mukerji’s practice is based out of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Once he arrives in Columbus, he will spend about half of his time locally and half still managing his existing practice, Hansen said.

“I started my medical career as a general surgeon and was drawn to plastic surgery because of the diversity of patient needs,” Mukerji said, through a released statement. “I liked the idea of combining technical surgical abilities and an eye for aesthetics to create changes that match what each patient wants.”

He will serve local patients by providing cosmetic services and post-trauma reconstructions. This includes but is not limited to: Breast augmentations, breast lifts, tummy tucks, nose jobs, skin care procedures and neck/facelifts. He will also offer services such as upper/lower eyelid surgery and arm/thigh lifts.

Mukerji’s philosophy as a plastic surgeon is simple: Excellence. He wants his patients to be more than happy, he wants them to be thrilled — a goal he achieves through exceptionally attentive care, released information from CCH states.

“I want every patient to be thrilled with his or her results. Unlike with general surgery, plastic surgery results are usually in plain sight so it’s imperative to leave patients looking beautiful and natural. That motivates me to do my absolute best,” he said, through a released statement.

Together, Columbus Community Hospital and Columbus Plastic Surgery have the goal of providing quality health care, close to home. Currently, Hansen said that community members wanting cosmetic work completed have to travel to places like Omaha and Lincoln to have procedures.

One Lincoln-based plastic surgeon currently visits the hospital periodically to help with reconstructive procedures during general surgery, but it’s limited to bare necessity. The new clinic will allow people to have their needs met locally and also serve as a draw to neighboring communities.

“We expect people to come from outside areas because there can be some discomfort having procedures done in their own towns, they like the privacy factor (associated with going elsewhere),” Hansen said.

Currently, the clinic is in the process of being renovated so that it’s ready to use when the doctor arrives later this month. A ribbon-cutting event is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Jan. 29 at the facility, Hansen added.

In its infancy, Mukerji will be the hospital’s only full-time plastic surgeon, however, growth is anticipated down the road.

“We will have him on a three-year contract to see how the service line develops, and if it goes well, we will provide more (doctors) to that service line,” the CEO said. “So it’s really all about growing and developing that service line.”

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net.

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