WESTCHESTER, Ill. — Regent Surgical Health, a surgery center management and development company specializing in physician/hospital ASC joint ventures, today announced the opening of the Plaza Ambulatory Surgery Center, a joint venture between Regent, local physicians and Providence Health & Services in Portland, Oregon. In addition to its minority ownership in the new surgery center, Regent will manage the ASC’s operations. “Plaza ASC is the latest implementation of the classic Regent physician/hospital surgery center joint venture model, which is an ASC ownership structure that has proven to promote excellent patient care and successful, lasting businesses,” says Tom Mallon, CEO of Regent Surgical Health. “We create ASCs that leverage the strengths of each party involved in the joint venture, and provide both physicians and their hospital partner significant equity.” Plaza Ambulatory Surgery Center sits on the campus of Providence Health & Service’s 483-bed Providence Portland Medical Center. “We know patients already are migrating away from hospitals to ambulatory surgery centers throughout the city,” says Paul Gaden, CEO of Providence Portland Medical Center. “This provides a lower cost, high quality center on our campus to serve our patients and provides our physicians an opportunity to develop and invest in an ambulatory surgery center with Providence.” Surgeons specializing in podiatry, pain management, ENT, ortho/hand, urology, neurology and general surgery will be immediately utilizing the ASC. “This surgery center provides an outpatient venue to serve our patients at a lower cost and in a more convenient setting,” says Dr. Justin Rufener, Plaza ASC board president. “My physician partners and I expect to serve thousands of patients each year at this new facility.”