DEERFIELD, Ill., Oct. 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc. (Nasdaq:SCAI) ("SCA") announced today that Lisa Skeete Tatum has joined its Board of Directors effective October 1, 2014. Ms. Skeete Tatum served as a General Partner of Cardinal Partners, a healthcare venture capital firm, for over a decade, where she led investments in healthcare technology companies, including athenahealth and TechRx. Ms. Skeete Tatum is on the board of trustees for Cornell University and the boards of Pager, the Princeton Healthcare System Foundation and the Princeton Area Community Foundation. She is a past president of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board, a former founding board member of the Center for Venture Education, a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a Kauffman Fellow.

"I am excited to join the SCA board and to be involved with a company that helps improve the quality and the cost of surgical care," said Ms. Skeete Tatum. "I look forward to working with the board and management team to continue growing our partnership model with physician groups, health systems and payers."

Andrew Hayek, President & CEO of SCA, said: "We are thrilled that Lisa is joining our board. She brings to our board a strong knowledge of healthcare, information technology and talent development – all of which are vital to our continued success in building solutions to serve our patients, physicians, health systems and payers."

About Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc.

SCA partners with physicians, health systems and payers to develop and implement surgery strategies across the country. As of June 30, 2014, SCA operated 178 surgical facilities - including ambulatory surgery centers, surgical hospitals and one sleep center - in partnership with approximately 2,000 physicians and in affiliation with 42 health systems across the country. SCA's clinical systems, service line growth strategies, benchmarking processes and efficiency programs create measurable advantage for surgical facilities - clinically, operationally and financially. For more information on SCA, visit
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