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Intermountain Layton Hospital breaks ground on new ambulatory surgery center to enhance affordable out-patient surgical care in Davis County

Intermountain Layton Hospital hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday for a new ambulatory surgery center that will enhance efficient and affordable out-patient surgical care in Davis County.

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) specialize in surgical procedures that don’t require overnight stays such as for hips, knees, feet, and ankle, among several other procedures. With less overhead costs than surgery at a hospital, those savings can be passed onto patients.

“Building this center is a major step in continuing our mission of value-based care, which aims for high-quality health outcomes at a more affordable cost,” said Glen Morrell, MD, chief medical officer at Intermountain Layton Hospital. “This addition will also help meet the healthcare needs of a growing community.”

Studies have shown that ambulatory surgery centers can lower the cost of a surgery, depending on the procedure being performed. Doctors say costs are a major concern for many patients, even if they have insurance.

“Utah’s population is expanding at a rapid pace especially here in Davis County, and this will help us meet the growing needs of the community, providing a way patients can get the care they need closer to home,” Scott Mortensen, administrator of Intermountain Layton Hospital, said during the groundbreaking ceremony. 

The Intermountain Layton Hospital ambulatory surgery center will be nearly 18,000 square feet and include four out-patient operating rooms. The facility is designed to add two extra operating rooms in the future as need expands. Each out-patient operating room can handle 1200 surgeries annually.

The surgery center is scheduled to open in early 2024.


Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) specialize in surgical procedures that don’t require overnight stays.