University Physicians Partners with Pender Memorial Hospital Offering Onsite Surgical Care

March 18, 2014

March 17, 2014 – Wilmington, NC –University Physicians, a service of SEAHEC (South East Area Health Education Center), announces a partnership with Pender Memorial Hospital to offer the University Physicians Pender Surgery Clinic. Open for Wednesday appointments, the clinic will provide the same level of care patients receive in Wilmington without having to travel.

Pender area patients can be referred for onsite outpatient procedures including: laparoscopic and open inguinal hernia repair; laparoscopic cholecystectomy; umbilical hernia repair (laparoscopic and open); excisional biopsy of skin and soft tissue masses; and portacath placement. Anyone scheduled for inpatient surgery at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) with University Physicians can now schedule pre and post operation visits with the Pender Surgery Clinic.

The team of University Physicians’ surgeons, Drs. Elizabeth Acquista, William Hope, and W. Borden Hooks, III will staff the clinic. Dr. Acquista is double board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. Dr. Hope is fellowship trained in minimally invasive surgery, with board certification in general surgery. Also board certified in general surgery, Dr. Hooks is fellowship trained in minimally invasive surgery and minimally invasive bariatric surgery. All three surgeons also serve as faculty for the NHRMC Surgery Residency Training Program.

Appointments and referrals for the University Physicians Pender Surgery Clinic can be made by calling 910-259-5451, extension 309. Patients will be seen in the Pender Memorial Hospital’s Clinic located at 306 East Campbell Street, Burgaw.

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