DEERFIELD, Ill., Dec. 07, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc. (“SCA”) has partnered with the physician members of Surgery Center of Athens (SCOA) in Athens, GA, effective December 1, 2015. The partnership operates an ambulatory surgical facility that represents an important access point for high quality, low cost surgical services in Athens and the surrounding region. This transaction expands SCA’s presence in Georgia to three locations and aligns SCA with an additional thirteen high-quality physicians.

Dr. John Dorris, a founding physician of SCOA, said, “The addition of SCA as a partner strengthens our ability to continue to provide high quality surgical services to our patients for the long term. The changes in the health care system require that doctors have a strong management partner to continue to provide cost effective alternatives to our patients.”  

“The Surgery Center of Athens has a well-deserved reputation for quality of care and service in the marketplace, and we are excited about collaborating with the center’s clinical and business teams and physician partners to build upon that reputation,” said Jason Strauss, Senior Vice President at SCA. “The new relationship with SCA provides a platform from which to increase SCOA’s impact on the Athens community by leveraging SCA’s systems, expertise, and scale.” 

About the Surgery Center of Athens

Surgery Center of Athens is a physician led, outpatient surgery center with a focus on the patient experience and provides a full suite of outpatient surgical services, including ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, podiatry and urology. For more information on SCOA, visit

About Surgical Care Affiliates

SCA (NASDAQ:SCAI) partners with physicians, health systems and health plans across the country to develop and operate surgical facilities. As of September 30, 2015, SCA operated 194 surgical facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals, in partnership with approximately 2,600 physicians. For more information on SCA, visit

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