Allina partners with Optum on surgery centers

[Star Tribune, Jan. 10, 2019] Allina Health System has created a partnership with Optum, the health services division of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group, that could develop up to a dozen new ambulatory surgery centers over the next five years.

Minneapolis-based Allina did not release financial terms of the development agreement, which was finalized in December.

Plans call for Optum to begin managing in February Allina’s surgery center at the West Health medical campus in Plymouth. Optum is one of the nation’s largest operators of surgery centers, a business that grew significantly with the acquisition three years ago of a company called Surgical Care Affiliates.

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