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HealthEast Partners With Surgical Care Affiliates in St. Paul, Minnesota

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| Source: Surgical Care Affiliates, LLC

DEERFIELD, Ill., March 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc. (“SCA”) has partnered with HealthEast (“HealthEast”) in St. Paul, Minnesota, effective March 1, 2016 on a merger of HealthEast’s Midway Surgery Center (“Midway”) and Maplewood Surgery Center (“Maplewood”), a joint venture owned by HealthEast, SCA, and physician investors. The merger strengthens SCA’s and HealthEast’s position in the St. Paul market as a provider of high quality, low cost surgical services.

James Grant, MD, VP of Operations for SCA in Minnesota, said, “Through the merger of Midway and Maplewood, we now have a multi-specialty center offering services in orthopedics, podiatry, otolaryngology, gynecology, general surgery, and others. This enables us to grow as a leading provider of high quality, low cost surgeries in St. Paul. We are thrilled to strengthen our partnership with HealthEast as we continue to expand SCA’s offerings to physicians and patients throughout Minnesota.”

Peter Kelly, MD, HealthEast’s vice president and executive medical director of Surgical Services, said he is very pleased about the enhanced services and partnership opportunities that come with consolidation of its same-day surgery services.

“Maplewood is centrally located within our service area,” Dr. Kelly said. “This merger supports the needs of our patients and communities and offers partnership and practice opportunities to more surgeons. We also expect it to strengthen our partnership with SCA.”

About Maplewood Surgery Center
Maplewood Surgery Center is a physician-led outpatient surgery center focused on the patient experience which provides a full suite of outpatient surgical services, including general surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pain management, and podiatry. It is jointly owned by SCA, HealthEast, and physician investors.

About Surgical Care Affiliates
SCA (NASDAQ:SCAI), a leader in the outpatient surgery industry, strategically partners with physician groups, health plans and health systems across the country to develop and optimize surgical facilities.  As of December 31, 2015, SCA operated 193 surgical facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals, in partnership with approximately 2,800 physicians.  For more information on SCA, visit www.scasurgery.com

About HealthEast
HealthEast (healtheast.org) is the leading health care provider in the Twin Cities’ East Metro area. From prevention to cure, we meet the needs of the community with family health and specialty programs that span four hospitals – Bethesda Hospital, St. John’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Woodwinds Health Campus – plus 14 clinics, home care and medical transportation. HealthEast has nearly 7,500 employees and nearly 850 physicians on staff. Our focus is optimal health and well-being for our patients, our communities and ourselves.

Press Contact:
Leslie Wachsman
Vice President, Finance & Investor Relations
Surgical Care Affiliates
(847) 267-9823