A Westport plastic surgery center that state health officials placed on a two-year probation last summer has closed, ending a string of disciplinary actions taken against the facility. Dr. Joel Singer, the sole owner and operator of the Center for Ambulatory Surgery (CAS), has voluntarily surrendered the facility’s license to operate its outpatient center at 32 Imperial Ave. in Westport, according to an affidavit filed with the state Department of Public Health. The decision to surrender the license cannot be reversed and “constitutes disciplinary action,” the affidavit says. Singer has agreed that he will not seek to reinstate the center’s license at any time in the future, according to the filing.
A Westport surgery center where rusty equipment and a broken fire alarm system were found by inspectors earlier this year has been placed on probation for two years and fined $7,500 by the state Department of Public Health. The Center for Ambulatory Surgery at 32 Imperial Ave. is run by Dr. Joel Singer, whose own medical license was placed on probation in 2011, when he was also fined $29,000 for sloppy record-keeping and other violations at the center. The latest action by DPH is included in an Aug. 15 consent order was released this week.
A Westport plastic surgeon who is on probation and was fined $29,000 last year faces further sanctions following unannounced inspections of his center that found additional violations for lax management of nursing care, sanitation and infection control.