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Sandy Smart is a Registered Nurse (RN) who has assisted the Indiana Eye Clinic medical team in a number of capacities, helping ensure patients receive the best possible vision outcomes, while also seeing that they receive excellent care and customer service.

At times, she has worked in the Ambulatory Surgery Center operating room, assisting IEC physicians with delicate and complex eye procedures. Currently, she is in charge of overseeing the preoperative and postoperative operations of the surgery center.

In this capacity, Sandy helps patients get ready for their surgery, ensures the proper medications have been given, and helps make sure they have everything they need for a quick and desirable recovery.

“I love the contact with the patients and sharing their amazement at how great their vision is, and what a difference it has made in their life,” she says.

Sandy received her nursing degree from Indiana Central University, now known as the University of Indianapolis. Before coming to IEC 18 years ago, she worked as an RN in other healthcare fields, including obstetrics, pediatrics and even a stint as a school nurse.

She came to IEC through her friendship with Paula Baker, who was then director of the ambulatory surgery center. She began working as a part-time employee, but it soon turned into a full-time position.

“I guess it was a match made in heaven!” Sandy says. She’s stayed so long because of the great team and the satisfaction of delivering a consistently excellent level of care.

“Our doctors are the best in the state, and I feel like we are always on the cutting edge of new technology,” Sandy says.

On her off days, Sandy enjoys sharing time with her family, especially her three granddaughters, as well as exercising, shopping and traveling.

Indiana Eye Clinic’s Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) was one of the first of its kind to be licensed in the state of Indiana. They have become more popular with the passage of years, in no small part because they can keep costs down — for both patients and doctors — while maintaining the same outcomes as a hospital surgery center.

Recently the Indianapolis Star ran an article on which local hospitals have the cheapest prices for various procedures, including surgical eye procedures. You can read the entire article by clicking here.

In its survey of cataract surgery with lens replacement, the state average to have this procedure at a hospital is $8,582. One area hospital came in below this figure, but four other hospitals were quite a bit above that average. One hospital charged nearly $11,000!

Compared to this, the cost to have cataract surgery at an ASC is much lower.

Here at the Indiana Eye Clinic, you can have the same procedure done for as little as $3,550, which includes physician and facility fee charges.

As you can see, there are ways to cut your medical bills, and ambulatory surgery centers are one vehicle to do just that.