As expected from earlier reports, members of the two largest ambulatory surgery center organizations have voted to merge. As a result, on Jan. 1, FASA and the American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers will become as one and the new organization will be known as the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association or the ASC Association, for short.
Craig Jeffries, executive director of the 675-member, Johnson City, Tenn.-based AAASC, will support the union and then step aside from any continued staff responsibility, a news release said. As reported earlier, the current president of 2,600-member FASA, Kathy Bryant, will serve as the chief executive officer of the new organization which will be housed at FASAs current headquarters in Alexandria, Va.
FASA members voted 97% in favor and AAASC voted 98% in support of the merger.
According to the organizations Internal Revenue Service Form 990 tax documents, the AAASC had revenue of $1.21 million in the 12-month period ending June 30, 2006; while FASA Inc. and the Foundation of Ambulatory Surgery in America had combined revenues of 4.79 million.
The new board will include 10 current members from the boards of the two FASA organizations, five from AAASCs current board, and two new members. The new board will be led by the current FASA Chair-elect Alsie Sydness-Fitzgerald; current AAASC board member David Shapiro, M.D., has been named as chair-elect and will succeed Sydness-Fitzgerald.
An education and research arm of the new organization will also be formed and will be known as the Ambulatory Surgery Foundation. Its board will have five members from the current FASA boards and three from the existing AAASC board. Shapiro will chair. -- by Andis Robeznieks