About Us


East Tennessee Ambulatory Surgery Center (ETASC) opened its doors with a day of free surgical procedures on Saturday, October 23, 1999, in benefit of Fresh Start, Inc. Johnson City Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Jim Brantner, volunteered to start the facility after learning about Fresh Start two years prior. The facility, a 6,000 square foot surgery center, soon became a thriving center for Dr. Brantner’s surgical practice and his volunteer weekends with Fresh Start.

In May 2002, the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) expanded to offer all specialties. Plans for a new larger facility began in 2004, and in 2006, ETASC began construction on the current 15,150 square foot, $4.2 million facility. There are currently 15 owners in ETASC, with Blue Ridge Medical Management Group maintaining the majority of ownership.


  • Outpatient ambulatory surgery center with state-of-the-art surgical, diagnostic, and x-ray equpiment

  • 15,000 square foot facility housing four operating rooms and one endoscopy suite

  • Conveniently located on the new Med-Tech Parkway

  • Proud participant in Medicare and TennCare programs

  • AAAHC certified – Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care

  • High quality anesthesia care provided by board-certified anesthesiologists

  • On-site pre-admission and laboratory testing services

  • Appropriate staffing levels with efficient turnover times

  • Full recovery care with extended recovery care available

  • Infection control rates are less than 0.0007%

  • Patient satisfcation scores averaging 4.9 out of 5.0 for three consecutive years

Our Mission Statement

The Associates of East Tennessee Ambulatory Surgery Center are committed to identifying and responding to the health care needs of individuals and communities in our region, and to assist them in attaining their highest possible level of health.


Benefits of an Ambulatory Surgery Center

Americans will have more than 20 million surgical procedures performed in ambulatory surgery centers this year. Virtually all will return home the same day of their surgery and will resume most normal activities within a matter of days. ETASC performed 2,775 procedures in 2015.

ETASC is a proud participant in the Medicare and TennCare programs, providing much needed care to underprivileged patients in our community. We continue to strive to provide a balanced and cost effective surgical facility.