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Ambulatory Surgery Centers on the Rise in South Carolina

By Liv Osby

October 3, 2022

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System plans to break ground this fall on a new ambulatory surgery center at its Millennium Campus that will take a substantial portion of the orthopedic, spinal, and ENT patients now seen in its hospitals.

The $30 million Millennium Surgery Center is a partnership between Bon Secours, Compass Surgical Partners, and two physician groups – Piedmont Orthopedics and Carolina ENT – and reflects a growing trend across South Carolina and the U.S.

Nationwide, the number of Medicare-certified outpatient surgery centers grew from 1,000 in 1988 to 6,072 as of March 2022, according to the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.

And in South Carolina, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control has issued 20 certificates of need for ambulatory surgery centers – eight of them to hospitals – since January 2018, officials said.

By comparison, 11 CONs were issued – four to hospitals – from November 2014 through December 2017, DHEC reports.

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