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Terry Lewis

“We see a wide variety of cases. We do ophthalmology, ENT, GYN, general surgery, a lot of hand cases, pain management.

“Every day we learn something new. I’ve grown in my career here. Right now I’m getting to scrub some more, which is good. I don’t get to do that very often, and I like to.

“I get a good feeling. It’s gratifying to go home and know that you helped somebody, especially when you have special situations where you know there’s an issue and you know that it’s really going to change their life.”

Paula Witt

“We all work together as a team on each patient during particular cases, be it Ear-Nose-and-Throat, Gynecology, General – just getting the patient ready, assessed, in the room, comfortable, performing the case successfully. It can be energizing, it can be exhausting, but the team is great, so it’s a lot of fun, too.

“The interaction between myself and the patient is very gratifying.”

Mindy Minicucci

“In the Surgery Center, you have a more family feel. You get to work consistently with the same people. It’s more family-oriented. I loved hospital work, but it’s just the family feel you get Monday through Friday. You get to know others, support others, and I like the schedule. The schedule’s awesome: Monday through Friday, no holidays, no weekends.

“Our doctors are awesome. We have doctors with a lot of experience – 30 plus years – we have doctors that are new in GI that are up on the current curve of learning, and so we have a great aspect of really cool personalities, very good with patient care. I would recommend working with these doctors any day to anybody.

“ADC really does give great patient care. I’ve worked at other facilities, and by far ADC gives hands down some of the best patient care I’ve ever encountered. It’s just an awesome place to work.”

Mark Sharp

“Day-to-day life is a lot different in the surgery center than anywhere else because it’s never the same day twice. It changes dramatically – sometimes minute-to-minute.

“The thanks kind of comes from when you just know – when you see them leave and they’re going home and you just know they’re going to feel better than when they came in.”

Brenda Gonzalez

Brenda Gonzalez

“I worked for a very big company, and I was looking for more of a challenge – which I definitely got – and a chance to learn new things. And I know that at a smaller facility [like ADC] you get that. You get to wear many hats and you get to broaden your education, and that’s what I wanted to do.

“I wanted a more hands-on, see-a-bigger-picture of the whole medical field, and I definitely got that. And it seemed like a place I would want to come. It seemed like a nice, caring place, and I felt I’d have that support to be able to broaden my medical experience.

“I think here at ADC we really strive to have a family atmosphere. I think we are more one-on-one, very personable, and we take each individual at their knowledge base and help them enhance that without making it too scary. We don’t just throw them out there. We really work hard with them day-to-day. We have little huddles [and] make sure our new staffing is all on the same page, and that the whole group – not just one – but all of us as a group envelope them and make sure that we’re here to help them. What can we do to help you? What would make your learning experience better?

“And so we work on that every day. It’s an every day thing. It’s not just once in a while I’ll come check on you. It’s every day.

“We get really experienced people here, and it’s really nice because if we did have an emergency, people know what to do. They’ve been through it, they’ve been there, and we work really well together.

“The doctors are great. There’s not one that I don’t like. And that’s unusual, I hate to say.. but… it’s a big stress, you know? Any procedure is a big stress, but all the doctors here are great. They know that we’re going to do a good job here – that whatever they ask for, whatever they need we’re going to service them well.”

Surgery Center Austin, TX

ADC Surgery Center Austin TX

The ADC Surgery Center  is designed, equipped and staffed exclusively for outpatient surgery. This offers you greater convenience in a more relaxed atmosphere than a hospital. Outpatient surgery allows you to be discharged within a few hours of surgery so that you may recuperate in the comfort of your own home. In operation since 1994, The Ambulatory Surgery Center at The Austin Diagnostic Clinic is a State-licensed, Medicare Certified facility accredited by the prestigious Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. ADC’s doctors, including podiatrists, ophthalmologists, ENTs, urologists, gastroenterologists, OB/GYNs and surgeons, perform day surgery for our patients at this office located in west Austin.

Prior to Your Procedure

A pre-admission registered nurse will call you prior to your procedure to provide you with instructions and information. This call will take approximately 15 minutes. During this call, please be prepared to answer questions about your medical history, allergies and medications that you currently take. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about your procedure; it is important that you feel comfortable and informed.

For your safety, please remember the following:

  • Unless otherwise instructed, do not eat foods or drink any liquid after midnight the night before your surgery. This includes gum, candy and mints.
  • If there are medicines that you will be required to take the morning of your surgery, you may do so with a small sip of water.
  • Please review medications with the pre-admission RN.
  • You may be asked not to take certain medications.
  • You must arrange for someone to take you home after

Mindy Minicucci poses for camera

Mindy Minicucci, ADC Outpatient Surgery Clinical Manager

You’ve probably heard that one person can make a difference. In the case of Mindy Minicucci, ADC Outpatient Surgery Clinical Manager, it was difference between life and death.

Mindy is not your ordinary clinical manager — she is a bona fide hero!

One Sunday afternoon, Mindy and her date dated decided to head to San Marcos to eat at her favorite restaurant, Herbert’s.  It also happened to be the Republic of Texas (ROT) rally weekend.

After being seated, Mindy noticed the table next to them was filled with some ROT bikers. Shortly after ordering, she heard shouting from the next table and turned to see what was going on.  One of the bikers was choking and unable to breathe.  Mindy shouted “Call 911!” to the group and tried to use the Heimlich maneuver on the man.

Mindy is a petite woman, and the biker was over 6’ tall and burly. Mindy simply could not get her arms around him.  She even tried throwing him over a chair, but she was just too small.  Seeing the man was beginning to show signs of asphyxiation, she quickly got her date to help, and he was able to get a good grip around the man.  Mindy told her date how to get the food from the man’s throat.

As the biker gasped and took in his first breaths, the restaurant erupted into cheers.  The man and his friends were grateful to Mindy and her date for saving his life.  With tears streaming down her face, and emotional and physical exhaustion setting in, Mindy said she is thankful for her training and truly believes she was meant to be at that restaurant at that time.

Mindy relayed the story to a friend who owns two restaurants in Austin.  He has asked her to teach his staff how to perform the Heimlich maneuver and she hopes to continue training restaurant staff in this simple, but life-saving technique.

Mindy, not only saved this man’s life, but may, through training others life-saving skills, save others as well.  Her story is a true testament to how one person really can make a difference!