Joe Hutts, who helped found PhyCor in 1988, partners with Mike Gould and Jeff Bogle to create another ambulatory surgery center (ASC) owner and operator.

Surginet’s name changes to Surgis within the company’s second year. With Hutts serving as president and CEO, Surgis raises $100 million in 2002 from New York-based New Mountain Capital and completes a few major acquisitions in its early years.

By 2006, Surgis operates 24 centers across the country and has seven more under construction. That year, it will be acquired by Dallas-based United Surgical Partners International for $200 million.