BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont Medical is asking state health care regulators for permission to begin planning a modern outpatient surgery center.

The hospital announced Monday that it was asking the Green Mountain Care Board for an expedited review of its request to build the center after it lost a number of operating rooms due to air quality issues at its Fanny Allen campus in Colchester.

The application seeks permission to plan a project that would care for a growing population and accommodate a shift to more complex inpatient surgeries in lower-cost outpatient settings.

More patients could be treated at less cost with the addition of a modern outpatient facility, UVM Medical Center President Dr. Steve Leffler said.

The filing is part of a multi-year plan by the UVM Health Network, which oversees the UVM Medical Center and other hospitals and health care facilities in Vermont and upstate New York.

Future plans include an inpatient psychiatric facility at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin and the expansion of the emergency department at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington.

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