Thorpe, a Controlling Director at Hellman & Friedman, added, ‘We are proud to have already been component of Sheridan's successful transformation and growth over the last seven years, and we look forward to the promising union of AMSURG and Sheridan. As an ongoing significant shareholder of the combined company, we are self-confident in the development and expansion prospects of the new AMSURG and the opportunities we see for continuing collateral value creation.’ Strategic Benefits of the mixture include: Expands AMSURG into a highly complementary adjacency and produces significant business, geographic and payer diversity; Creates a differentiated leadership position in large, fragmented and growing markets; Broadens engagement opportunities with physicians, health systems and payers; Creates opportunities for collaboration and the organic vertical integration of anesthesia within the existing ASC portfolio; Enhances competencies to handle innovation and change in healthcare; and Significantly expands new development opportunities.Methods Data Collection To describe trends in the incidence of bacterial meningitis, we analyzed ABCs surveillance data upon culture-confirmed invasive infection with H. Influenzae, S. Pneumoniae, N. Meningitidis, or GBS and FoodNet surveillance data on culture-confirmed invasive disease with L. Monocytogenes. Paul area), NY , Oregon , and Tennessee . These eight sites encompassed around 17,383,935 people , based on the 1998 census. Between 1998 and 2003, additional counties were added to EIP sites in Minnesota, New York, and Tennessee. To assess the epidemiology of bacterial meningitis from less-common pathogens across a 5-12 months period , we utilized this expanded surveillance region, with an estimated population of 22,870,454 persons , according to the 2003 census.