SurgCenter Development Celebrates New Milestone with Formation of 200th ASC Partnership


SurgCenter Development ( (SCD), a leader in the development of ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) throughout the U.S., celebrates the formation of its 200th ASC partnership in its 26-year history with the forming of SurgCenter of Clearwater, scheduled to open later this year.

“We continue to see the demand increase from patients who want high quality, convenient surgical care and from physicians who can offer their services in a setting that is patient-centric, comfortable and financially affordable,” said Dr. Chris Urban, SurgCenter Development Principal and Chief Development Officer.

Sean O’Neal and Gregory George MD, PhD began developing ASCs in 1993. By fine-tuning their vision, SurgCenter Development was officially established in 2002. With unique backgrounds in both clinical and operational management, O’Neal and Dr. George formalized the structure used today, which provides for the most effective physician alignment while maintaining critical oversight.

Over the years, the company and its principals have been involved in the development of 200 centers (17 of which are currently under construction on in the pre-construction phase) in 26 states with more than 2,200 physician partners. SCD centers’ specialties include orthopedic as well as podiatry, spine, ENT, pain and vascular.

“SCD is in full growth mode, and we expect 2019 to be our largest year yet with both de novo development and acquisition growth,” said Dr. Urban.

Fueling some of SCD’s growth has been the company’s reputation as the industry leader in outpatient total joint replacement, having completed more than 36,000 since the program’s inception. In 2018 alone, SCD centers performed over 8,000 outpatient total joint replacements.

SurgCenter Development is a corporation that partners with local surgeons to create physician-owned and physician-operated ambulatory surgical centers (ASC). SurgCenter Development has partnered to develop hundreds of successful and highly profitable surgery centers throughout the United States. For more information on SurgCenter Development, visit

Chris J. Stewart

Chris currently serves as President and CEO of Surgio Health. Chris has close to 20 years of healthcare management experience, with an infinity to improve healthcare delivery through the development and implementation of innovative solutions that result in improved efficiencies, reduction of unnecessary financial & clinical variation, and help achieve better patient outcomes. Previously, Chris was assistant vice president and business unit leader for HPG/HCA. He has presented at numerous healthcare forums on topics that include disruptive innovation, physician engagement, shifting reimbursement models, cost per clinical episode and the future of supply chain delivery.

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