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Local Surgery Center is First in the Nation to Receive AAAHC’s New Orthopaedic Certification

December 18, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Surgery Center of Long Beach (SCLB), an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) in Long Beach, California, receives the first ever Center of Excellence Award in Orthopaedic Certification by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) for its high-quality orthopaedic services.

“As a center that is committed to providing the highest quality of care and a positive patient experience, we are proud to be the first ASC to receive AAAHC’s Orthopaedic Certification,” said LaVerne Haller, Center Administrator for Surgery Center of Long Beach. “The certification demonstrates our patient-centered focus and dedication to adhering to strict quality measures and industry best practices.”

AAAHC develops standards that advance patient safety and quality care and accredits a wide range of outpatient settings. The certification program expands upon the AAAHC ASC Accreditation and was designed in response to a growing number of total joint replacements being performed in ASCs. To achieve certification and become a Center of Excellence, ASCs must be accredited and meet a number of criteria, including the credentialing of providers, rigorous patient screenings and the practice of evidence-based medicine.

The new program has two levels of certification – specialty and advanced specialty. Surgery Center of Long Beach achieved the advanced specialty certification, which establishes the center’s ability to perform complex procedures safely and effectively as well as care for patients that are more complex. The center’s skilled team specializes in total knee, hip and shoulder replacements and spinal procedures.

“After seeing a need for more accessible advanced orthopaedic care, we started providing total joint replacements in 2013,” said Peter Kurzweil, M.D., who leads Surgery Center of Long Beach’s orthopaedic program. “Our team has done an incredible job building a comprehensive orthopaedic program and making sure every patient has the best possible care experience. The certification recognizes our advanced capabilities and assures referring physicians and providers that we are a trusted partner in and a preferred provider of quality and cost-effective outpatient services.”

The center credits its strong leadership, effective communication and patient-centered approach to its success. The team screens patients carefully to make sure they are strong candidates for surgery and closely monitors patients’ rehabilitation in the days and weeks following procedures. The team also administers patient surveys in its ongoing effort to improve clinical performance and provide a positive patient experience. SCLB, in partnership with AMSURG, is dedicated to providing patients with a safe, comfortable and affordable setting for procedures outside of the hospital.


About AMSURG Corp.

AMSURG acquires, develops and operates ambulatory surgery centers in partnership with physicians throughout the United States. As of September 30, 2017, AMSURG owned and operated 263 ASCs and one surgical hospital in 35 states and the District of Columbia with medical specialties ranging from gastroenterology to ophthalmology and orthopaedics. To learn more about AMSURG, a division of Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC), visit

About Surgery Center of Long Beach

Surgery Center of Long Beach, a leading provider of outpatient surgical services, offers patients and physicians a safe, convenient and affordable alternative to hospital-based surgery. The center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and nationally recognized for providing high-quality, patient-centered care. The physician-led team specializes in a range of services, including orthopaedics, ophthalmology and pain management as well as general surgery, plastic surgery and spine surgery. Surgery Center of Long Beach has been proudly serving the Southern California community since 2001. To learn more about Surgery Center of Long Beach, please visit

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