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cardiothoracic surgery that simply didn't make sense based on our patient popu- lation. Even though we're part- ners now, that doesn't mean we won't still compete with the hospitals for business. The hospitals realize, and so do we, that every case that they lose to a surgery center — even though they are partners in the surgery cen- ter — is a hit to their bottom lines. It would not surprise me to see hospital-employed physicians funnel select cases to the hospital's ORs. That's just the economic reality for hospitals today. Our hope is to continue providing high-quality, efficient services at a lower cost. Having been born and raised in Pocatello, my goal in founding Skyline Surgery Center was to bring low-cost medical servic- es to the community I love. I'm happy to see this cooperation among the 3 hospitals and the conscientious physicians, and curious to see if this shared site-of-service model catches on. OSM Dr. Hope (rhope@binghammemorial.org) is past president and original founder of Skyline Surgery Center in Pocatello, Idaho. He is an anesthesiologist and interventional pain management specialist. J U L Y 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 3 5 • CALM BEFORE THE STORM The ORs at Skyline Surgery Center are going to get a lot busier after the center's partnership with 3 local hospi- tals. Amanda Hope/Skyline Surgery Center

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