Re: “Surgery center closes in Tacoma” (TNT, 9-29).
Tacoma just lost a high-quality outpatient surgery provider. TASC opened in 1982 and provided outpatient surgical services to the Tacoma community at about a third of the cost of hospital centers. More than 60,000 surgical procedures performed during this time provided an estimated cost savings of over $180 million.
The staff at TASC, always its strong point, was confirmed by a recent review by a court-appointed patient care ombudsman, who found that TASC had a 96.7 percent patient satisfaction rating compared to 68 percent and 66 percent at the two major …