The Surgery Center is the first and only Ambulatory Service Center (ASC) in Massachusetts to achieve Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) Certification

Shrewsbury, Mass. (November, 2022) The Surgery Center -Shrewsbury, a collaboration among Shields Health, Reliant Medical Group, and UMass Memorial Health, today announced that they have achieved Advanced Certification in Orthopedics for Total Joints from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The Surgery Center is Massachusetts’ first and only ambulatory surgery center (ASC) to attain the AAAHC Advanced Certification in Orthopedics for Total Joints, making it the premier location to receive this procedure in the Commonwealth.


Dr. Bill Balcom of Reliant Medical Group, spearheaded efforts to achieve AAAHC accreditation as the surgeon program leader, with the support of arthroplasty providers Dr. Dan Aaron, Dr. Kelton Burbank, Dr. Brian Burroughs, Dr. Wayne Chan, Dr. Dan Mandell and Dr. Chris Vinton. The Surgery Center, which opened its doors in May of 2018, performed total knee, hip, and shoulder replacements during the year-long evaluation period. As an ASC, The Surgery Center’s specialized surgeons employ a collaborative approach to care and a close review of best practices to provide exceptional patient care in an outpatient environment.


“Our Shrewsbury team is honored to receive the AAAHC Advanced Certification in Orthopedics for our achievements in total joint repair,” said Prashanth Bala, Shields Health Chief of Ambulatory Surgical Services. “This accreditation is a testament to the expert care our surgeons and clinicians provide and signifies The Surgery Center as a champion in expert, cost-effective orthopedic care for patients across the Commonwealth. We are incredibly proud to be Massachusetts’ first and only ASC to receive this distinction.”


The specialty Advanced Orthopedic Certification program assesses the use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, ongoing performance improvement strategies, and an organizational infrastructure that promotes high-quality, safe, and efficient care. The certification is based on a 12-month evaluation period that includes a self-assessment and rigorous onsite survey led by AAAHC. This program analyzes the full continuum of care, starting with pre-assessment and spanning to intraoperative and discharge, to ensure practices are meeting AAAHC standards throughout every step of the patient journey.


The Surgery Center – Shrewsbury is open Monday through Friday from 6am to 5pm. With nine operating rooms, the state-of-the-art facility provides high quality, cost-effective advanced day surgery procedures with a focus on hand surgery and sports medicine. The Surgery Center of Shrewsbury is located at 151 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA, 01545. To learn more about The Surgery Center, visit


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About Shields Health

Shields Health provides MRI, PET/CT, and ambulatory surgical services to patients at more than 50 locations, offering the largest and most technically advanced network of medical imaging and diagnostic treatment facilities in New England. With a focus on cutting-edge technology, provider expertise, and affordability, Shields prioritizes the patient experience above all. Shields Health is a family-owned and operated business proudly celebrating 50 years of service and innovation. For more information, visit


About UMass Memorial Health

UMass Memorial Health is the health and wellness partner of the people of Central Massachusetts. It is the largest health care system in Central Massachusetts and is clinically partnered with the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical school, with access to the latest technology, research, and clinical trials.


About Reliant Medical Group

Caring for over 320,000 patients annually through over 500 providers, Reliant Medical Group offers a full range of primary care with over 30 different specialties, ranging from podiatry to vascular surgery. With over 20 different locations in Central and MetroWest Massachusetts, Reliant Medical Group provides convenient care for thousands of patients across the commonwealth.