Business Editor’s Notebook: Outpatient center bouncing back from pandemic slowdown | Business Notebook

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AS HOSPITALS continue to struggle with losses in the tens of millions, outpatient providers like Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Care Center are beginning to see steady patient traffic.

But volumes are nowhere close to normal, says Nick Vailas, its managing partner.

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Nick Vailas

Nick Vailas gives a tour of the imaging center at Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center in Bedford in 2018.

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Mike Cote is senior editor for news and business. Contact him at or (603) 206-7724.

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