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Growth in surgery centers levels off, report says

| Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:01 a.m

Fewer ambulatory surgery centers are being built in the state after years of strong growth, according to a report by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.

Five new centers were added last year, a 1.9 percent increase, bringing the statewide total to 271. No new centers opened in Western Pennsylvania last year. The region has 44 centers.

Ambulatory surgery centers typically perform elective surgeries on an outpatient basis.

Between 2009 and 2010, just four surgery centers were built statewide. But from 2002 through 2006, the number nearly doubled, going from 111 to 209.

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