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7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — Sept. 21, 2017

Here are seven healthcare industry updates for ASC leaders to know for Sept. 21.

Surgery Center of Oklahoma partners with HMO
Oklahoma City-based Surgery Center of Oklahoma is partnering with health maintenance organization GlobalHealth. As per the agreement, the surgery center will offer their services and all-inclusive pricing to GlobalHealth's members.

Envision creates COO, EVP position to focus on physician-centric strategic plan
Envision Healthcare is making several organizational and leadership changes to align with the company's dive into a physician-focused strategic plan. The company created the new executive vice president and COO role.

Envision Healthcare reveals $250M stock repurchase program
Envision Healthcare announced its $250 million stock repurchase program Sept. 18. Envision can acquire up to $250 million of its common stock. The $250 million is four percent of Envision's market cap.

50% of gastroenterologists are burnt out
Medscape's "Gastroenterologist Lifestyle Report 2017" found 50 percent of gastroenterologists reported feeling burnt out in 2017. Across all specialties, burnout rate was at 51 percent.

The Joint Commission awards Paris Surgery Center TJR certification
The Joint Commission awarded Paris (Texas) Surgery Center its gold seal of approval for total knee replacement. The center is a joint venture between a group of physicians and SurgCenter Development.

Allegion Spine Institute, ASC join Back Pain Centers of America
Atlanta-based Back Pain Centers of America added Las Vegas-based Allegion Spine Institute, formerly Nevada Spine Clinic, to its network. The Allegion Spine team has performed 95,000-plus procedures over the past 20 years.

Presence Surgery Center's Denise Felker wins H.O.P.E. award
Joliet, Ill.-based Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center awarded Denise Felker the H.O.P.E. award. Ms. Felker is a surgical technologist at Presence Surgery Center in Joliet. She earned the award for her commitment to H.O.P.E. — honesty, oneness, people and excellence.

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