Operation Gratitude: Celebrating Our Veterans

Veterans DayOn this Veterans Day 2023, the New York State Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NYSAASC) extends its heartfelt appreciation to veterans and US Military Service Members for their unwavering dedication to our great nation. Your service, sacrifice, and unyielding commitment have safeguarded our freedoms and inspired us all. Your legacy of courage and service leaves an indelible mark on our hearts. NYSAASC stands united in respect, admiration, and gratitude for the tremendous impact you've made. Thank you for your service, and may your stories continue to inspire us. 



 Manhattan Reproductive Surgery Center

As a US Army Ranger veteran, Gabe Figueroa’s real-world experiences have translated his unique perspective and skills in his position as a leader in the ASC operations. The U.S. Army Rangers Creed is a set of principles and beliefs that guide and define what it means to be a Ranger. Quoted from the third stanza of the Rangers Creed, “Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong, and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred percent and then some.” The Ranger’s Creed is a way of life, and Gabe encompasses this philosophy through his actions every day. Physical and mental aptitude, discipline, team ability, integrity, and overcoming adversities are all examples of military skills that Gabe continues to teach us within our healthcare challenges. Gabe, thank you for all you’ve sacrificed for our country and continue to sacrifice for our organization today. Your unwavering commitment to our center's success is so appreciated. An additional big thank you to our veterans in the NYSAASC community. We honor you today and every day.

Gabriel Figueroa - US Army Rangers


Harlem Road Ambulatory Surgery Center

We thank Emily Urbanczyk for her dedication and service.

Emily Urbanczyk - U.S. Air Force


Precision Care Surgery Center

Thank you to all Veterans for your service. Also, a big shout out to our favorite veteran Andy!!

Antranik Garabedian


Specialty Eye Surgery and Laser Center of the Capital Region

Thank you for your past service and your continued service to our patients. We greatly appreciate you.

Daniel Gerik - Surgical Tech
Josh Coon - Patient Tech
Pearl Murphy  - LPN
Mark Ten Eyke – RN
Matt Hallam - Surgical Tech


Ambulatory Surgery Center of Westchester

Thank you for serving our country and your continuing commitment to the community through Healthcare.

Carol Simmoneau, RN
Audie Cruz, Billing Department


Center for Ambulatory Surgery

Thank you for your service.

Carla Chadwick, CST
Julie Kraft, RN
Greg Klubek, RN
Todd Everhart, RN


Gramercy Surgery Center

Thank you for your service.

Austin Cheng, Esq, CEO
Antony Chang, Director of IT


Dutchess Ambulatory Surgical Center

Thank you to Dr. Andreas Wolter and Dr. Paul Carey for their service to our country. Both physicians served in the US Army and trained at Walter Reed Hospital. We are very proud to have them on staff at Dutchess Ambulatory Surgical Center.

Dr. Andreas Wolter
Dr. Paul Carey


Specialty Surgery Center of CNY

We are fortunate to have Dr. Spitzer, Carl and A.J. as part of our team at SSC.  We proudly recognize their past service to the Air National Guard, Air Force, and Army Reserve.  Thank you, Dr. Spitzer, Carl and A.J. for your service to our country and for the excellent care you provide our patients each day.

Dr. Stephen Spitzer- former Air National Guard
Carl Robens, CRNA- former US Air Force and Army Reserve
A.J. Dolling, Surgical Technician- former Army Reserve


Upstate Orthopedics Ambulatory Surgery Center

Thank you so much for your service to our Country, and for your hard work and commitment to the Surgery Center!  You are greatly appreciated!

Bob Burke - United States Marine Corps


Heritage One Day Surgery Center

Thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedoms. Your courage, strength and dedication are admirable. Today the nation and HODS honors you with gratitude!

Samuel Cervantes

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