March 17, 2014
Wallace “Wally” Reed, MD, cofounder of the nation’s first freestanding ambulatory surgery center, a founding father of ASCA and a lifelong advocate for ASCs, passed away Friday, March 7, at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 97.
Looking to provide more affordable, accessible ambulatory surgical care, Dr. Reed and his partner John Ford, MD, opened their ASC, Surgicenter, in Phoenix, Arizona, on February 12, 1970. Before opening Surgicenter and afterward, Dr. Reed worked tirelessly to establish ASCs as a critically important and highly respected component of the nation’s health care system.
A memorial service for Dr. Reed will take place on Thursday, March 20, in Phoenix. Click here for more information and to read Dr. Reed’s obituary. In lieu of flowers, it was Dr. Reed's hope that a remembrance contribution be made to Seed Money for Growth Foundation or the Alzheimer's Association.
Click here to read more about Dr. Reed and the early history of the ASC community.