HAMMOND | Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Mark Grevious selected Hammond as the location for his surgical practice because of its proximity to Chicago and the opportunities the area presented.
"I had talked to a couple of surgeons in the area and they said it was an up and coming' city," said Grevious, of Chicago. "It was a great opportunity for me to start in private practice. I had been in academic medicine and was making the transition."
Grevious, who is a board certified plastic, reconstructive and general surgeon and remains chairman of plastic surgery at the Cook County Hospital, opened Health & Renewal Plastic Surgery Associates is 2008. He earned his medical degree from the New Jersey School of Medicine in Newark, N.J., and surgical training at the University of Chicago.
The physician and surgeon moved the practice into its own facility adjacent to Franciscan St. Margaret Hammond campus in April 2010.
"I chose the space because it's so close to the hospital," Grevious said. "I know the location gets a lot of traffic, and I prefer to do cosmetic surgery in a hospital. Overall it's safer, especially if it requires major anesthesia."
Grevious used about $150,000 in personal funds to renovate and equip the 1,948–square–foot office and surgery, and expects to recoup the investment in about three years.
Health & Renewal Plastic Surgery Associates provides surgical care to patients in need of complex plastic and reconstructive surgeries as well as those seeking cosmetic augmentations. It also features a wellness center, a medi–spa, a full skincare line, and body–shaping garments.
The venture is one of the 20 Indiana businesses that recently received a 2011 EDGE Award in the established business category. The awards are sponsored by the Indiana Small Business Development Center to celebrate "Economic Development and Growth through Entrepreneurship."
"It's fantastic," Grevious said. "It's a great honor to win the award and be recognized."