This week, on Feb. 12, the ASC industry celebrates its 50th anniversary. According to the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, the first ASC was established in 1970 by Wallace Reed, MD, and John Ford, MD, in Phoenix.

To commemorate the milestone, Becker’s ASC Review asked industry leaders to reflect on how ASCs have evolved in the past 50 years, predict what the future holds and share highlights from their careers. This is the first installment of the series.

Question: 2020 marks 50 years since the nation’s first freestanding ASC was established. How have ASCs evolved since then and what does the future hold?

(By Angie Stewart – Becker’s ASC Review) [read more]


This piece features comments from Yousif A-Rahim, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Covenant Physician Partners.