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Quality in Ambulatory Surgical Settings Gets a Closer Look
HealthLeaders Media

Why would OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, a 616-bed hospital in Peoria, Illinois, gladly let a group of doctors take away a sizeable chunk of surgical business, performing many of the same procedures 11 miles down the road at about half the price and in less than a day?

Seven years ago, that’s exactly what happened when four independent groups consisting of 43 doctors created a freestanding ambulatory surgery center, one where they could take patients they’d otherwise have to operate on in a hospital. The Center for Health Ambulatory Surgery Center, LLC, and its 90 staff doctors, perform procedures on some 7,000 patients a year in the outpatient setting.

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