Surgical Care Gets A Rosy Second Opinion

Over 11 years, Joel Gordon has quietly built Surgical Care Affiliates Inc. into the nation's second-largest operator of outpatient surgery centers. So his unsolicited offer on Oct. 25 to acquire market leader Medical Care America Inc. caught investors by surprise. The hostile bid, a stock deal valued at nearly $1 billion, seemed all the more unusual coming in the normally chummy health-care industry.

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