59 ASC management & development companies to watch — 2016

Here are 59 companies involved in the management and development of ASCs. 

Note: This list is not an endorsement of any company.

Acumen Healthcare (Marietta, Ga.). Andrew T. King founded Acumen Healthcare in 1999 and now serves as the company's president. Acumen Healthcare offers services in development, operations and accountings. The company has experience in developing more than 150 ASCs across 20 states and operates under the philosophy "Do Things Right," which entails focusing on one task rather than trying to participate in a large number of projects.

Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies (Rochester, N.Y.). Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies offers a range of services including conducting financial projects and feasibility studies; responding to state, CMS and accreditation surveys; interim administrator/clinical management services; business office, billing system and billing service reviews; as well as policy and procedure review and updates. The company offers its clients a "tiered" administrative, oversight and consulting model based on their client's specific needs. AHS was co-founded by John J. Goehle, MBA, and Vito Quatela, MD. Dr. Quatela currently serves as the company's CEO.

Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America (Hanover, Mass.). Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America began developing de novo when it was founded by Tom Bombardier, MD, FACS, Brent Lambert, MD, FACS and George Violin, MD, FACS, in 1997. ASCOA continues to form de novo centers and also spends a great team of time working with each acquired centers and joint ventures. The company developed, acquired and has helped to turn around more than 70 surgery centers since it was founded. ASCOA currently operates 20 to 30 surgery centers across the nation. The company offers services including cost control, payer contracting and operational efficiency. Luke Lambert, MBA, CFA, CASC serves as the company's CEO. Robert Westergard is CFO, and Jeffrey Péo serves as chief development officer for ASCOA. The company continues to focus on physician ownership with joint venture centers with hospitals and hospital systems as well.

AmSurg (Nashville, Tenn.). AmSurg focuses on development, management and operation of ASCs. The company has partnered with more than 1,800 physicians at AmSurg's 250 outpatient surgery centers across the nation. AmSurg focuses on the development and management of GI and eye centers throughout the nation. In 2014, 150 of AmSurg's centers performed gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures and 37 centers performed ophthalmology procedures. This year, 13 AmSurg Ophthalmology Centers were recognized as a Cataract Innovator. Christopher A. Holden currently serves as the president, CEO and director of AmSurg. He has more than 28 years of experience in the healthcare industry. AmSurg provides services including digital sharing of the best practices and quality measurement, in addition to advocacy in government affairs. In 2014, AmSurg acquired Sheridan Healthcare in a $2.35 billion deal. AmSurg's adjusted EPS is expected to grow 15 percent because of the acquisition. AmSurg acquired Bay Area Anesthesia in Tampa, Fla., in August of this year. The recent acquisition continues AmSurg's plans to grow its anesthesia service.

Arise Healthcare (Austin, Texas). Arise Healthcare works to improve the financial health of a surgery center through its management services. Arise Healthcare offers services in revenue cycle management, accounting, bookkeeping and payroll, policies and procedures as well as accreditation assistance and mock surveys. Jared Ledger is the co-founder and managing partner of Arise Healthcare, and currently serves as the company's CEO. Arise's surgery centers are physician-centric and specialize in orthopedic, podiatry, urology, gynecology, general surgery, spine surgery, ENT and pain management procedures. Arise Healthcare was named to the Inc. 500 list of fast-growing private companies. Arise Healthcare ranked 1,169 on the list this year.

Artisan Medical (Reston, Va.). Artisan Medical has developed more than 35 ASCs in 23 states with its partners since it was founded in 2003. Artisan Medical's services include developing financial projects, planning for and purchasing equipment, assisting in credentialing staff, licensing medical providers and vendors, assisting in training and devising and implementing governance policies. Jesse Chamberlain serves as the company's managing partner and has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare. He organizes ASC partnership teams and uses strategies to recruit new physicians for ASCs.

ASD Management (Los Angeles and Dallas, Texas). ASD management was founded by Robert Zasa and Joseph Zasa and has been in business since 1986. Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Robert Zasa as an outstanding healthcare leader. He received the 2015 Healthcare Leadership award for ASD's positive impact on the Los Angeles business community. ASD Management currently owns or provides management services for 25 centers. Since it was founded, the company has developed and managed more than 125 ambulatory surgery centers. ASD Management was one of the first management companies to devise benchmarking data for ASCs to monitor and manage net revenue, reimbursement and variable expense. ASD's leading experts provide ASCs with many management services including compliance and billing audits, cash management, total staff management and physician promotions. ASD Management operates centers in partnership with physicians or as physician/hospital ventures. The ASCs are located throughout the United States in New Jersey, Illinois, California, Virginia, New Jersey, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana and Wisconsin.

Avanza Healthcare Strategies (Austin, Texas). Avanza advises ASCs on outpatient services and community health initiatives so the facilities can meet their financial, regulatory and community goals. Joan Dentler, MBA, serves as president and CEO of Avanza Healthcare Strategies and has 25 years of experience in healthcare consulting. Ms. Dentler founded ASC Strategies in 2007 and Outpatient Strategies in 2011, and combined the companies to form Avanza Healthcare Strategies. Avanza's team of seasoned professional is skilled in areas including strategic planning, feasibility assessment, operations and regulatory compliance. Avanza hired three new team members in March. The company hired Susan Neorr, MBA, as a senior consultant of payer relations, Michael Peabody, MBA, as a senior consultant of accreditation and development and Maria Sarafine, MHA, as a consultant for community health centers.

Blue Chip Surgery Center Partners (Cincinnati). Blue Chip manages ASCs and provides centers financial, payer, legal and operation services. The company presently operates 17 surgery centers across the United States. The company specializes in managing spine-focused ASCs and has developed successful centers across the nation in Ohio, Maryland, Nebraska and Georgia. The company also manages several multispecialty outpatient surgery centers largely owned and led by physicians. Jeff Leland serves as the company's CEO and Kathleen Whitlow, BS, RNC, CASC, is COO. Jay Rom serves as president of the company. Prior to joining Blue Chip, Mr. Leland was the executive director of Lutheran General Medical group, a Chicago-based 260-physician, multispecialty medical group and a senior vice president at ASCOA. Ms. Whitlow has been with Blue Chip since 2008 and has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry.

The C/N Group (Merrillville, Ind.). The C/N Group it a family-owned company that has developed almost two-dozen healthcare facilities since 1985. The company, founded in 1980, currently employs 230 people. The C/N Group ensures success for ASCs by focusing on a facility's medical staff and its daily operations as well as providing staff members with the necessary technology tools and training. The company seeks to make direct investments in any project it undertakes and can hold either a minority or majority investment role. The company's expertise and relationships aid in obtaining debt financing. Ravi Chopria serves as the company's CEO. As a leader of The C/N Group, he has completed healthcare projects totaling more than $75 million in capital expenditures. Raman Chopra and Rajiv Chopria serve as principals for The C/N Group. Raman Chopra spent seven years in strategic consulting before joining The C/N Group and worked as director of consulting services for Equifax, an information services company. Rajiv Chopra worked in the banking and management consulting industries prior to joining The C/N Group. 

Community Care (Nashville, Tenn.). Community Care was founded in 1998 by E. Tony Reed, who currently serves as the company's president, CEO and director. Community Care offers a "turn key" approach to developing multispecialty ASCs. The company partnered with surgery centers in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Florida and Maryland. Community Care offers management services in business function and quality assurance, as well as marketing.

Constitution Surgery Centers (Avon, Conn.). Ophthalmologist Theodore J. Krawiec, MD, and Kris Mineau co-founded the company in 1997. Mr. Mineau is now president and CEO. John D. Newman serves as senior vice president and general counsel. Constitution Surgery Centers formed de novo partnership with physicians in the mid-90s to develop freestanding ASCs. The company now focuses on developing single specialty centers in specialties including ophthalmology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, otolaryngology and urology in addition to multispecialty facilities. The company currently operates 15 outpatient facilities throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. CSC offers a range of development, financial management, operational and turnaround services.

Covenant Surgical Partners (Nashville, Tenn.). Covenant Surgical Partners operates ASCs, as well as anatomic pathology laboratories, anesthesia entities and physician practices. Covenant Surgical Partners operates 29 facilities around the United States and offers administrative, financial, support and center management services. The company was founded by healthcare executives in 2008. Rick Jacques is the president and CEO of Covenant Surgical Partners. Mr. Jacques has more than 23 years of experience in the ambulatory surgery center industry and previously served as the vice president of business development of AmSurg.

Elite Surgical Affiliates (Houston). Elite Surgical Affiliates was founded in 2008 by Lori Ramirez, CEO and president. Boyd Yarbrough serves as COO and was one of the founding partners of Elite Surgical Affiliates. The company develops and manages surgical facilities with a focus on orthopedics, spine and pain. Elite Surgical Affiliates offers facilities development, management and operational services in addition to back-office services such as billing and collections.

Eveia Health Consulting & Management (Issaquah, Wash.). Naya Kehayes, MPH, and R. Matthew Kilton, MBA, MHA, are the principals of Eveia Health Consulting & Management. Ms. Kehayes founded Millennium Health Consulting in 1998, which was renamed to Eveia Heath Consulting & Management in 2006. The management company has helped more than 500 clients in 43 states. Eveia offers payer contracting solutions such as reimbursement review, negotiations, contract compliance, reimbursement audits, payer due diligence and payer credentialing review. Additionally, the company offers financial services including ASC feasibility studies, ASC operations analysis and review, case cost review and analysis and fee schedule analysis and development. Eveia's merger and acquisition services are comprised of contract reviews, financial impact analysis of contracts for merging or acquiring facilities and site of service evaluations and cost analysis. Eveia Health joined forces with ECG Management Consultants, a national consulting firm, in October 2015.

Foundation HealthCare (Oklahoma City). Foundation HealthCare was founded by Tom Michaud in January 1996. Mr. Michaud serves as the company's chairman and markets the company's Foundation program to potential surgeon partners. Stanton M. Nelson serves as the company's CEO and has various other investments including real estate, banking and media. Mike Shuster is the company's COO and has 25 years of experiencing in physician networking, joint venture and referral development. Since Foundation HealthCare's inception, the company has acquired three surgical hospitals, 10 surgery centers and 57 sleep centers. Foundation HealthCare currently operates 11 ASCs throughout the nation. In 2013, Foundation HealthCare became a public company focused on its growth strategy to acquire surgical hospitals and develop ambulatory surgery centers and other ancillary service lines under them. Foundation HealthCare sold its 20 percent stake in Heritage Park Surgical Hospital in Sherman, Texas, for $9.3 million in June.

Global Surgical Partners (Miami). The company was founded in 1999 by J.A. Ziskind and Kenneth Arvin. Mr. Ziskind and Mr. Arvin opened Manatee Surgical Center in Brandenton, Fla., prior to founding Global Surgical Partners. Global Surgical Partners focuses on developing physician-owned ASCs or physician-hospital joint ventures. Global Surgery Partners offers services including cash controls and financial reporting, physician recruitment and new service development.

Hospital Corporation of America (Nashville, Tenn.). One of the Untied State's first hospital companies, HCA was founded in 1968. R. Milton Johnson currently holds the position of chairman and CEO. Greg Beasley has served as president of HCA's ambulatory surgery division since 2004. As president, he is responsible for leading HCA's ASCs throughout the United States. With about 204,000 employees, the company encompasses 115 surgery centers and 165 hospitals in 20 states and the United Kingdom. HCA is involved in nearly 5 percent of all U.S. inpatient care. In 2015, HCA expects to post per-share earnings of $4.55 to $4.95 and revenue of $38.5 billion to $39.5 billion. The company plans to expand its TriStar Health based in Brentwood, Tenn., for example, by offering a TriStar access point within 15 minutes of every Middle Tennessean.

Interventional Management Services (Atlanta). With 14 centers in Atlanta and two centers in Alamogordo, N.M., Interventional Management Services is a physician-owned ASC management company. The company's network includes one-room, single specialty surgery centers and multispecialty joint ventures focused on spine pain management. Dr. Robin J. Fowler, MD, serves as the company's chairman and medical director. He is medical director for the Interventional Spine and Pain Management Center and has been a pain practitioner since 2005. Stephen Rosenbaum serves as IMS' CEO and has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Throughout his career, Mr. Rosenabaum has worked with physicians and physician-owned facilities. Allen Hord, MD, is the chief medical officer at Interventional Management and has been practicing pain management for more than 20 years.

Laser Spine Institute (Tampa, Fla.). Opened in 2005 in Tampa, Laser Spine Institute has seven surgery centers around the country, in Tampa, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Philadelphia; Oklahoma City; Cleveland; St. Louis and Cincinnati. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive stabilization surgery and minimally invasive decompression surgery. James St. Louis, DO, Glenn Hamburg, MD, and Michael Perry, MD, co-founded the company. Bill Horne serves as CEO and David Pillsbury serves as president. The company's Philadelphia facility recently achieved gold-level Planetree Designation for Excellence in Patient-Centered Care. Laser Spine Institute's staff has 19 surgeons, 14 anesthesiologists and 18 other medical professionals including chiropractors. Laser Spine Institute offers several procedures in minimally invasive decompression including laminotomy, foraminotomy, discectomy and facet thermal ablation. Physicians also perform minimally invasive stabilization surgical procedures such as anterior cervical discectomy fusion, decompression with Interlaminar Stabilization device, SI joint fusion, posterior cervical fusion, lateral lumbar interbody fusion and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.

MMX Healthcare (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.). Founded by John Seitz and Tamar Glaser, MMX Healthcare creates software allowing ASCs to effectively compete in the healthcare market. Through its technology, MMX Healthcare seeks to transform ASCs into high performing, high value organizations. Since 2001, the company has helped 150 surgery centers with accreditation preparation and compliance maintenance, and helped recruit more than 1,000 physicians for surgery centers. MMX Healthcare offers the AccredAbility accreditation tracking solution and ManageMyASC financial and operational tracking, benchmarking and analysis solution. AccredAbility creates a custom profile for an ASC with the number of ORs, type of specialties, Medicare participation and the accreditation agency an ASC uses. AccredAbility tracks all data elements from its secure website and sends reports directly to the Governing Board for immediate review or approval.

Medical Consulting Group (Springfield, Mo.). Founded in 1989, Medical Consulting Group offers business solutions for practices and device manufacturers. MCG offers medical practice, surgical practice and corporate consulting. The company also assists with ASC development, management and accounting, as well as turnarounds. Organizations may also call on MCG's expertise in marketing campaigns, web design and medical billing services. Steve Sheppard founded MCG's ASC division in 1998, which now has equity participations and business and management services.

Medical Facilities Corporation (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Owner of 51 percent-plus interest in four specialty surgical hospitals in South Dakota, Oklahoma and Arkansas, Medical Facilities Corp. also own 51 percent in a California ASC. The Surgery Center of Newport Coast, which opened in 2004, is approximately 7,000 square feet and houses two operating rooms and one procedure room. The surgery center offers general surgery, gastroenterology, gynecology, orthopedics, pain management and cosmetic surgery services. It is a Medicare-deemed multispecialty facility accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Donald Schellpfeffer, MD, serves as CEO, and Michael Salter, CA, CPA, serves as CFO. Dr. Schellpfeffer has over 30 years in the ambulatory surgery center industry. Mr. Salter served as an accounting and financial consultant prior to joining Medical Facilities Corporation.

Meridian Surgical Partners (Brentwood, Tenn.). A surgery center management and development company, Meridian Surgical Partners specializes in the acquisition, development and management of spine and orthopedic ASCs. Meridian Surgical Partners is partnered with 10 physician-owned ASCs in Michigan, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, Ohio, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Louisiana. John C. Wilson Jr. serves as the CEO and Kenneth N. Hancock serves as president and CDO. Mr. Wilson has served as the company's CEO since 2013 and has served as the chief financial officer since Meridian's inception in 2006. Mr. Hancock has more than 25 years in the healthcare industry. He previously served as the executive vice president, chief development officer and co-founder of Surgical Alliance Corporation. 

Merritt Healthcare (Somers, N.Y.). Founded in 2001, Merritt Healthcare offers ASC development, management and advisory services. Employing people from healthcare, nursing, real estate development and corporate finance industries, Merritt Healthcare delivers an all-encompassing service to ASCs. Merritt Healthcare's single and multispecialty ASCs are located throughout the East Coast. Its partners and clients include hospitals and physician groups, and the company has dealt with single and multispecialty ASCs. Matt Searles, MBA, and William F. Mulhall, RN, head the company.

Murphy Healthcare Group (Montvale, N.J., New York, N.Y.). Murphy Healthcare Group develops, owns and operates eight outpatient surgery centers. Since 1990, Murphy Healthcare Group has helped 30 underperforming ASCs succeed with a total market capitalization of more than $650 million. Murphy Healthcare Group customizes environments for specific ASCs to boost patient, physician and staff performance, instead of offering stock business solutions. Robert Murphy founded the company and serves as chairman. John Murphy is president of the company and Douglas Dewey serves as CEO. 

Nobilis Health (Houston). Previously Northstar Health, Nobilis Health develops, owns and operates six ASCs and an imaging center in Dallas, Houston, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Spring, Texas. The company partners with physicians to provide marketing, finance and legal assistance. Its surgery centers include spine, pain, orthopedic, podiatry, general surgery, gastrointestinal and otolaryngology specialties. Chris Lloyd, who founded North American Spine in 2009, serves as Nobilis Health's CEO. Harry Fleming, who is experienced in corporate finance and securities law, serves as chairman. Nobilis Health acquired Victory Healthcare Plano (Texas) Hospital for the assumption of $5.5 million in equipment leases and $7 million in bank debt earlier this year.

Nueterra Healthcare (Leawood, Kan.). Nueterra Healthcare develops, manages and owns healthcare facilities globally. The company provides full management services to ASCs, hospitals, PT centers and pathology labs. It aids its partners and providers by offering strategic guidance, capital resources, management advice and a portfolio of services. The company offers its NueHealth network, medical exchange coordination and custom benefits packages development. Dan Tasset founded Nueterra and serves as chairman and David Ayers heads U.S. operations. Nueterra acquired Benefit Management, a third-party health benefits administrator based in Great Bend, Kan., earlier this year.

Outpatient Healthcare Strategies (Kingwood, Texas). Outpatient Healthcare Strategies provides operational, financial, clinical and business strategies for ASCs, physicians and hospitals. The company helps with payer contracting, benchmarking, clinical assessments and joint ventures, among other services. Founder of Outpatient Healthcare Strategies, Jessica Nantz serves as president and CEO. Equipped with 15 years of experience in the outpatient healthcare industry, Ms. Nantz has operated and managed more than 80 facilities, including ASCs.

Partners Medical Consulting (Sioux Falls, S.D.). A management company, Partners Medical Consulting offers revenue cycle management, clinical consulting, bookkeeping, finance, payroll and full service management contracts to surgery centers, clinics and hospitals. Providing turnaround assistance, the consulting group pinpointed three major areas of improvement: accounts receivable management, expense management and organizational and governance structure. With 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Kyle Goldammer serves as CEO.

PCI | HealthDev (Dallas). PCI | HealthDev was founded in 2007 by Pedro Vergne-Marini, MD. The company assists with the development, construction and ownership of medical facilities, as well as the management of assets and investments. Working with individual practices and healthcare providers, the company offers NuBuild and AssetMax solutions to address financial and medical real estate situations.

PhyBus (Brentwood, Tenn.). PhyBus provides single specialty practices, physician-owned ASCs and multispecialty joint ventures with development, management and billing services. The organization helps ASCs with physician recruitment, revenue cycle management, contract negotiations and strategic planning, with a specific emphasis on specialty billing services. Founder of the company, Rodney H. Lunn, serves as CEO.

Physicians Endoscopy (Jamison, Pa.). Founded in 1998, Physicians Endoscopy specializes in the development and management of freestanding de novo ASCs, and also will acquire either a majority or a minority ownership interest in established licensed ASCs. Barry Tanner serves as CEO, and co-authored the company’s business plan along with Karen Sablyak, CFO. Frank Principati joined the company in 2010 and serves as the company's COO. Rodger Baca joined PE in 2014 and serves as chief development officer. PE has experienced significant growth over the past few years and has partnerships with more than 300 physicians in 40 ASCs within 14 different states. The PE team of well more than 100 people works every day to provide the highest level of service to all of our partnered centers.

Physicians Surgery Centers (Tarzana, Calif.). Developing and managing outpatient surgical facilities, Physicians Surgery Centers operates largely under the direction of physician management Physicians Surgery Centers has developed and managed more than 12 surgery centers in California and Arizona. Anywhere from 4,000 to 17,000 square feet, these centers have between two and seven operating rooms, with 300 to 600 cases monthly. Glenn Cozen, Norm Lapin, JD, and Bob Trevathan, MBA, co-founded the company in 1999. The three men serve as the company's principals. 

Pinnacle III (Lakewood, Colo.). Founded in 1999, Pinnacle III offers single-specialty, physician-owned and multispecialty ASCs assistance with development, management and billing. The company has developed more than 30 surgery centers in 16 states, and provides feasibility studies and physician recruitment, among other developmental services. Pinnacle III also provides benchmarking, contract analysis and rate negotiation services. Robert J. Carrera serves as president and CEO. He has 15 years of experience developing and managing ASCs, physical and occupational rehabilitation centers, diagnostic imaging facilities and occupational medicine clinics.

Practice Partners in Healthcare (Birmingham, Ala.). In 2005, Larry Taylor founded Practice Partners, as a developer, manager and minor equity share holder in ASCs. The company has seven surgery centers and six more in development, with a partnership size of three to 27 physicians per center. The company currently owns and operates 21 centers. Providing coding, billing and collection services for ASCs, Practice Partners also offers certificate of need procurement, site development, start-up support, management, business line development and syndication. Mr. Taylor serves as president and CEO. Mark Edwards serves as CFO and Lecia Willingham serves as chief development officer.

Regent Surgical Health (Westchester, Ill.). The company was founded in 2001, and over the last 14 years, it has grown to develop, manage and own 21 ASCs, of which 16 are joint ventures with hospitals. The typical ownership model for Regent's joint venture ASCs is the physicians own up to 49 percent of the center while Regent and the hospital own 51 percent of the center. The physician owners are responsible for the day-to-day operations at the center. Regent focuses on developing proprietary ownership models and increasing net revenues for ASCs. The company has also introduced a number of new procedures into its ASCs, such as spine, gastric banding and knee replacements. Thomas Mallon is the founder and CEO of Regent Surgical Health and W. Michael Karnes is a partner and co-founder. Matt Lau serves as CFO. Jeffrey Simmons serves as CDO. Michael Orseno is responsible for Regent's revenue cycle processes and heads up Regent RCM.   Regent celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and the company plans to continue growing through new joint venture relationships and physician recruitment.

Solara Surgical Partners (Dallas). The ASC management and development company aims to handle all aspects of successful surgical facilities, including physician recruitment, initial licensure and financial management. The company has helped establish more than 100 facilities nationwide. Solara Surgical Partners was started in 2008, and its philosophy is that the surgical facility should be majority owned and governed by the physicians. Kenneth Ross, the company's CEO and founder, is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Chad Sandvig serves as COO and Robert Petrick is chief development and acquisitions officer.

Sovereign Healthcare (Mission Viejo, Calif.). Founded in 2003 by Jeremy Hogue, Sovereign Healthcare helps establish and manage ASCs, co-manages service lines of acute-care hospitals and manages the business side of physician practices. The company operates three ASCs. It is a privately held company headed by Mr. Hogue and a team of experienced healthcare leaders, including Jay McKim who is the executive vice president and CFO and Barbara Bowen who serves as vice president of ASC operations. In 2014, Newport Beach, Calif.-based Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian invested in its second surgery center with Sovereign Healthcare — Newport Bay Surgery Center, an ophthalmology center.

Spine Centers of America (Fair Lawn, N.J.). Spine Centers of America operates surgical centers offering a number of endoscopic spine treatments, including endoscopic fusion, lumbar endoscopic discectomy and kyphoplasty. The company operates three facilities in New Jersey in Union, North Bergen and Fair Lawn. Spine Centers of America was founded by Bryan J. Massoud, MD, who has performed thousands of endoscopic spine procedures. He is board-certified and fellowship-trained and is a member of the North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. A team of endoscopic spine surgeons provide care at the Spine Centers of America's surgical facilities.

SurgCenter Development (Phoenix). The company develops and operates physician-focused ASCs across the country. SurgCenter Development has helped develop more than 105 facilities. Typically, the centers are between 5,000 and 9,000 square feet and contain one to three operating rooms. The company assists the ASC in a number of operations, including facility design and construction, staff recruitment and training, technology and supply purchasing and insurance contracting and billing. Gregory George, MD, PhD, an ophthalmologist, and Sam O'Neal are the founding principals of SurgCenter Development. Earlier this year, the company announced it was collaborating with a group of physicians to build a new $2 million joint venture surgery center in Athens, Ohio. Additionally, SurgCenter Development partnered with Blue Belt Technologies. The partnership will enable SurgCenter Development locations to develop orthopedic robotics programs with Blue Belt Technologies' Navio Surgical System.

Surgem (Glen Rock, N.J.). Urologist John Hajjar, MD, MBA, founded Surgem in 2005. The company currently owns and operates 15 ASCs, with another three in the development and construction phase. The company partners with local physicians, allowing them to maintain majority ownership of their centers. Surgem's principals provide the physician partners with their developmental, operational and financial expertise. Joseph Tarsia serves as CDO with more than 25 years of healthcare industry experience. Paul Angresano is the vice president of new business development and Nancy Vardaro, RN, is the vice president of clinical operations.

Surgery One (San Diego) Surgery One is a network of surgery centers offering surgical services in a number of specialties, including general surgery, orthopedics, pain management, ENT and ophthalmology. Scott Leggett serves as the company's CEO. Mr. Leggett has 17 years of experience in the orthopedic industry and holds a Masters of Science from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Surgery One operates four surgery centers throughout California in San Diego, La Jolla, Carlsbad and Chula Vista.

Surgery Partners (Nashville, Tenn.). Established in 2004, Surgery Partners focuses on establishing strong relationships with physicians, pursuing growth opportunities in the healthcare arena and increasing profitability of existing facilities. In 2011, the company merged with NovaMed, and in 2014, purchased Symbion Healthcare for $792 million in cash. Surgery Partners is affiliated with more than 100 facilities in 28 states. The company went public earlier this year. The company raised $271.4 million in a 14.3 million share offering with shares priced at $19 per share. CEO Michael Doyle has held various leadership positions with the firm and CFO Teresa F. Sparks previously held the same position at Symbion Healthcare.

Surgical Care Affiliates (Deerfield, Ill.). An industry leader, SCA partners with physicians, health systems and health plans to develop and implement surgery strategies across the country. As of June 30, 2015, SCA operated 193 surgical facilities, 106 of which are in affiliation with health system partnerships — including ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals — in partnership with approximately 2,600 physicians. Surgical Care Affiliates acquired seven new facilities in the second quarter of 2015. Of the seven facilities, five were consolidated and two were not consolidated. The publicly-traded company includes more than 6,000 teammates, with more than 7,500 physicians performing procedures in SCA facilities each year. Andrew Hayek currently serves as SCA's chairman, president and CEO, and Tom De Weerdt is the executive vice president and CFO. Michael Rucker serves as executive vice president and COO and Brian Mathis serves as senior vice president of strategy and payer engagement. The company also includes a physician leadership board with six members.

Surgical Development Partners (Franklin, Tenn.). Surgical Development Partners collaborates with physicians and hospitals to offer ASC development and management services. The company was founded by a group of healthcare executives. It focuses on turnkey facility development and facilitating ASC joint ventures. It offers development services such as project organization, market analysis and financial planning, as well as management services, including managed care contracting and regulatory compliance. G. Edward Alexander is the company's president and CEO.

Surgical Management Professionals (Sioux Falls, S.D.). SMP is a surgery center and physician-owned hospital acquisition, management and development company. It offers facility development, day-to-day operational management and revenue cycle services, such as coding, billing and collections. The company was established in 2004 and its members have expertise in the planning and development of single- and multispecialty ASCs as well as specialty hospitals. Surgical Management Professionals operates 20 ASCs throughout the nation. Today, Michael Lipomi serves as president and CEO, and R. Blake Curd, MD, is the board of directors' chairman. Allison Bolger is CFO.

Tenet Healthcare/United Surgical Partners International (Dallas). Tenet is one of the largest healthcare services companies in the nation. It includes 87 hospitals, 19 short-stay surgical hospitals and more than 425 outpatient centers. The company's outpatient services division focuses on the development and management of ASCs and diagnostic centers. Tenet completed its acquisition of United Surgical Partners International earlier this year and it now owns 50.1 percent of USPI. Following the close of the merger, USPI became the largest ambulatory surgery center company in the country with 249 ASCs, as well as 18 surgical hospitals and 20 imaging centers. Kyle Burtnett, previously Tenet's senior vice president of the outpatient services, joined USPI as president of ambulatory services and chief integration officer. USPI was founded in 1998, and today has a team of more than 11,000 employees. William H. Wilcox is USPI's CEO and Brett Brodnax is president and CDO. The company focuses on providing high-quality care and its facilities have received a number of honors, including the Apex Quality Award and Press Ganey's Beacon of Excellence Award for Patient Experience.

Texas Health Partners (Addison). Texas Health Partners is a department within Texas Health Resources, providing a number of management and revenue cycle services for surgical hospitals. The company was established in 2002 and its facilities include the 33-acre Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall and the 12,500-square-foot Texas Health Surgery Center Denton. Krystal Mims is president of Texas Health Partners, a role she has held since 2007.

TRY Health Care Solutions (Salmon, Idaho). Founded in 2005 by Thomas R. Yerden, a surgery center executive, the company provides operational assessments, strategic planning, and it works with hospital-physician joint ventures and ASC mergers. Mr. Yerden founded Aspen Healthcare, an ASC firm, in 1992 and during his time leading Aspen he developed, opened and managed more than 75 surgery centers. Aspen Healthcare was sold to a leading surgery center corporation.

Vivere Health (Franklin, Tenn.) Vivere Health is a fertility management and equity partner. It establishes joint venture partnerships with fertility professionals to develop new practices or strengthen existing ones, including developing embryology laboratories or ASCs. It offers a number of business and operational services, such as marketing optimization, supply chain optimization and human resource management. Debbie James serves as president and CEO and Dan Beuerlein is CDO and executive vice president of operations. Last year, the Nashville Business Journal named Vivere Health one the fastest-growing private companies in Middle Tennessee.

Visionary Enterprises (Indianapolis). The company focuses on the development, acquisition and management of multispecialty ASCs and endoscopy centers. It has a 20-year track record in the ASC industry. The company was incorporated in 1982 as a wholly owned, for-profit subsidiary of Community Hospitals Foundation. It later expanded its scope to provide healthcare-related management and consulting services, and in 1992, its primary focus became outpatient surgical services.

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