Ambulatory Surgery Center Consulting Services


Ambulatory Surgery Center
Development, Management, and Consulting Services

Sullivan Healthcare Consulting provides multiple solutions to Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) leadership and surgeons to solve their most pressing surgery center challenges. We have been developing solutions for Ambulatory Surgery Center partners since the early 1990s.

Today we offer the only flexible, customizable ASC program in the industry that allows each project to be uniquely tailored to the needs of our partners.

SHC Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants have worked at the forefront of the ambulatory surgery industry and know firsthand the strategic, financial, and operational challenges facing today’s ASCs. Each project is customized to meet the needs of your ASC, your stakeholders, and local market conditions. 

Sullivan is an agile alternative to the national ASC development companies that demand a significant ownership interest and impose a cookie-cutter approach to ongoing operations.


Sullivan Healthcare Consulting is part of Jackson Healthcare®, a family of highly specialized healthcare staffing, search, and technology companies. Backed by 2,000+ associates and more than 15,000 clinician providers across the country, it stands as one of the largest U.S. healthcare staffing organizations with over $2 billion in annual revenue. 

Overhaul Your ASC or Build a New One

Whether building a new ASC from scratch or optimizing current operations, Sullivan’s ASC experts can help turn your ASC into a profitable venture. Our experts are at the forefront of new trends involving collaboration and partnerships among independent physician specialists and independent community hospitals/systems and innovative strategic models. Our ASC management services are a total turnkey solution to the success of your business. We know what it takes to open an ASC and how to avoid overspending and overbuilding. Sullivan can also handle all licensing and accreditation processes.

Flexibility Is Our Strength

SHC can offer multiple options for assistance.  We can provide specialized expertise to complement your skills and capabilities, or we can do it all.  We offer equity participation to keep upfront costs down, or we can do it all on a fee-for-service basis allowing you to keep all of the equity.   SHC believes that the most successful model is the one that works best for you.

Sullivan doesn’t believe in cookie-cutter solutions or up-front demands. We’ll work with you and your team to ensure that responsibilities are clearly defined and effectively executed. We are flexible to leverage your team’s capabilities for some aspects of the project, and we embrace local considerations and market demands.

    ASC Management Is Our Expertise

    While ASCs are a relatively new concept, Sullivan has been in the space since the beginning in the early 1990s. Today, we offer our services nationwide and are the only flexible ASC management program in the US. Our level of involvement and assistance can be custom tailored to your business needs. Whether you need a one-time consultant, a startup partner, or ongoing operations management, we can provide:

    • A total turnkey solution
    • Long-term, day-to-day management
    • Staffing and leadership support
    • Assistance with specialized components
    • Flexibility in responsibility designations

    Sullivan Healthcare Consulting Is Your Best Partner for ASC Management

    Each project is customized to meet the needs of your ASC and its stakeholders. Our Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can provide some or all of the strategic expertise and tactical support needed. Additionally, the Sullivan Team offers implementation assistance once the ASC is up and running.

    Sullivan partners with you – on your terms – to help you grow into a successful business. ASC management has been one of our specialties for the past three decades, and we’re ready to help you, too.

    Learn more about our services by getting in touch today.

    Feasibility Assessment

    An assessment of the feasibility of your ASC

    When thinking of building an Ambulatory Surgery Center, it is imperative to conduct a feasibility assessment to determine what type of facility and services should be provided. In order to do this, Sullivan conducts geographic market research and identifies area competitors to determine the likelihood for success.

    Included in the ASC feasibility assessment: 

    • Evaluating potential locations

    • Estimating land costs

    • Evaluating rent if purchasing a building

    • Determining CON requirements

    • Selection of architects and construction companies

    • Determination of potential case mix and surgeon partners

     We also will develop a proforma identifying costs and projected revenue based on the case-mix of the procedures and location of the Ambulatory Surgery Center.

    ASC Development

    A detailed engagement that can help you build your ASC

    Our Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can start at the beginning of your project with potential site evaluations, selection of the architect and design firm and review all schematic floor plan designs.

    Our experts provide: 

    • A comprehensive equipment list

    • Negotiate with vendors to achieve the best pricing

    • Meet with individual surgeons to determine their needs and requests

    • Work with instrument vendors to ensure all required supplies are ready for opening day

    Additionally, our Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can place a team on site for the first1- 4 months after the opening of the ASC to assist with any building, equipment and clinical flow issues that may arise.

    Clinical/Operational Assessment

    A broad assessment of the clinical and operational elements of your ASC

    Our Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can develop clinical work-flows based on the design of the facility, ensuring the most efficient use of space and time.

    In addition, our team can develop or review: 

    • Board structure

    • Organizational charts

    • Hours of operations

    • Pre-anesthesia screening program

    • Day of surgery process

    • Scheduling process

    • Staffing model

    • Infection control program

    • Quality and risk programs

    • Discharge process

    Sullivan Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can also provide a comprehensive set of policies and procedures that are customized to include state-specific regulations.

    Revenue Cycle Management

    Expert assistance with the Revenue Cycle of your ASC

    The goal of an Ambulatory Surgery Center is to prove quality care in a cost-efficient manner. In order to do so, your revenue cycle process is key. Sullivan Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can provide skilled staff who will set up your complete business office.

     Our Ambulatory Surgery Center Consultants can assist with: 

    • Loading all files to bill patients

    • Performing insurance verification

    • Managing all billing and collections

    • Providing monthly financial reports

    • Negotiating all contracts with payers

    • Assisting with the selection and implementation of an IT system

    Survey Preparation

    Assistance ensuring that your ASC is survey ready

    Sullivan Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants have assisted many ACSs to successfully complete AAAHC, Medicare Deemed Status and The Joint Commission surveys without obtaining any deficiencies.

    You can expect our experts to provide a two-day survey to review the facility and prepare the staff for their upcoming survey. The mock survey will identify any possible areas of concern that need to be corrected prior to the official survey day. A detailed report will then be provided at the end of the two-day mock survey. Our Team can provide assistance with implementing all the recommendations resulting from the mock survey.

    Licensing & Certification

    Assistance with licensing and certification of your ASC

    Licensing and certification of an Ambulatory Surgery Center can be very confusing with multiple varying timelines and a significant amount of required documentation.  Sullivan Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can prepare all required state and local licensure applications including facility license, Medicare application and pharmacy license.

    We will be on-site during all surveys to support the staff through the process. Prior to all inspections, mock surveys will be conducted to ensure that both the facility and staff are fully prepared. Our Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can oversee the credentialing process and guarantee compliance with all applicable regulatory agencies.

    Our Clients Say It Best

    “We brought Sullivan Healthcare consultants back on a second engagement to assist us to develop a strategic plan to accommodate surgical services volume growth and the shift in service to the ambulatory surgical sites. They analyzed our current state and helped us create a vision for our future state.”
    – Lynn Masterson, Vice President, Quality, Resource Management and Surgical Services
    Eisenhower Medical Center
    Rancho Mirage, California
    “Sullivan Healthcare has been wonderful to work with. They provide professional, reliable and competent leaders who integrate with the culture and values of the organization. Sullivan Healthcare is responsive and a pleasure to work with. They are true partners in filling temporary gaps in essential sterile processing leadership roles.”
    – Kerry Caldwell, Executive Director, Perioperative Services
    City of Hope
    Duarte, California
    “Sullivan Healthcare Consulting redesigned our complete perioperative program. With the collaborative business and clinical model, we made data-driven decisions that brought positive results in staffing, scheduling, and overall efficiencies. We were able to provide an additional room for add-on cases, enabling our surgeons to take care of those patients during normal operating hours, which increased volume and decreased overtime. Sullivan gave us the tools to facilitate the development of strategies to ensure long-term success.”
    – Becky Reese, Financial Manager Surgical Services
    High Point Regional Health System-UNC Health Care
    High Point, North Carolina

    “Sullivan Healthcare is the go-to firm for perioperative consulting.  I have known and worked with Sullivan for many years and multiple projects.  They have the expertise and experience to problem solve and find solutions.  From patient care, flow, management, quality, Sullivan can identify, make recommendations, and implement a plan for best practice for perioperative services.”

    Dr. David Lee, Sr., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
    Virginia Hospital Center
    Arlington, Virginia

    Case Studies

    Key Elements of a Comprehensive Surgical Screening Program

    Building an efficient pre-anesthesia surgical screening program can eliminate unnecessary preoperative testing, while reducing the number of weekly case cancellations.

    SPD Success Story

    At one Sullivan Client Hospital, sterile processing was such an issue that the facility’s leadership felt they had to cut the number of surgical cases for a month just to work on improving it.

    Improving Hospital Outpatient Departments and ASCs

    Since outpatient surgical facilities have a lower risk of infection and provide quality care at a lower price, it’s no wonder they continue to grow in popularity.

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