FIRST OUTPATIENT SPINE SURGERY CONDUCTED AT SHREWSBURY SURGERY CENTER: Dr. Arno Sungarian successfully completed the site’s first spine procedure.

Shrewsbury, Mass. (October 25, 2021) – The Surgery Center in Shrewsbury  is proud to announce that the first outpatient discectomy at the L3-L4 was recently successfully completed at the site located at 151 Main Street in Shrewsbury, MA by Arno Sungarian, MD, UMass Memorial Health neurologic surgeon. The Surgery Center, a collaboration of UMass Memorial Health, Shields Health Care Group, and Reliant Medical Group, is one of only a few outpatient ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) performing this type of procedure in Massachusetts.


The procedure took less than one-hour at The Surgery Center and the patient was able to recover from the comfort of their home by early afternoon. In Massachusetts, spine surgeries are typically conducted in a hospital setting requiring an overnight stay by the patient. State-of-the-art facilities like The Surgery Center eliminate the need for the hospital admission. In addition, the Shrewsbury site offers an abundance of other benefits to the patient such as high patient satisfaction rates and the ability to recover in the comfort of their own home.


This milestone establishes a strong precedent for the type of outpatient surgeries and joint replacements the Shrewsbury  Surgery Center looks forward to continuing.


“Collaborative partnerships such as that the Shrewsbury Surgery Center lead to important milestones and expanded outpatient surgery options for patients,” said Mr. Prashanth Bala, MS, MHA, Vice President of ASC Operations at Shields Health Care Group. “This facility is designed  to maximize efficiency for our partners while delivering critical patient-centered surgical services in a convenient location at an accessible price for patients.”


The Surgery Center in Shrewsbury, MA was developed through a community collaboration between Shields and industry leaders Reliant Medical Group, part of OptumCare, and UMass Memorial Health. The Surgery Center is open Monday through Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM and offers high-quality, outpatient surgery options. For more information, visit


About Shields Health Care Group

Shields Health Care Group provides MRI, PET/CT, and ambulatory surgical services to patients at more than 30 locations in New England. With a focus on cutting-edge technology, provider  expertise, and affordability, Shields prioritizes the patient experience above all. A family-owned and operated business, Shields offers the largest and most technically advanced network of medical  imaging and diagnostic treatment facilities in New England. For more information, visit



About UMass Memorial Health

UMass Memorial Health is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Central Massachusetts with more than 16,500 employees and 2,100 physicians, many of whom are members of UMass Memorial Medical Group and Harrington Physician Services. We are the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Our comprehensive system includes UMass Memorial Medical Center, UMass Memorial Health – Harrington, UMass Memorial Health – HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, UMass Memorial Health – Marlborough Hospital, and UMass Memorial Health – Community Healthlink. Together, we impact every aspect of life in the region by making health and wellness services available to everyone, advocating for social equality  and providing economic stability and opportunity. There are many ways to heal. We pursue them all. Relentlessly.