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We’re Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary!

You read that right, St. Cloud Surgical is turning FIFTY. We’re officially over the hill, but we’re not slowing down quite yet. In 1972, Dr. Joseph Belshe revolutionized healthcare in Central Minnesota, and we couldn’t be prouder to see the center reach this milestone!

At St. Cloud Surgical Center, we value the impact we have made on our community and its impact on our organization. Without the support, acceptance, and stewardship of those in the Central Minnesota community, St. Cloud Surgical Center would not be what it is today.

A Look At Our Journey

To say a lot can happen in 18,250 days would be an understatement of the century! Since Dr. Joseph Belshe founded our unique center in 1972, we’ve moved locations, changed logos, completed multiple renovations, and more. Take a trip down memory lane with us!

1972 – Dr. Joseph Belshe founded the St. Cloud Surgical Center, and the first procedure is performed on a 7-year-old.

1992 – First pain management procedure performed. 

1993 – The Center moves to a new 25,000 sq. ft., nine operating room facility on Northway Drive. 

1997 – Milestone: 100,000 total cases!

2002 – The Center expands to create more patient support rooms and two additional operating rooms, resulting in a total of 11 operating rooms and over 36,000 sq. ft. 

2004 –  First Total Knee Replacement performed at the Center. 

2007 – Milestone: 200,000 total cases!

2008 – Surgical Care Affiliates Acquires St. Cloud Surgical Center, making us one of the largest independent surgical providers in the country, working to improve the quality and cost of surgical care nationally. 

2009 – First Shoulder Replacement performed. 

2013 – Operating Rooms 9 and 11 are remodeled to create larger rooms for robotic orthopedic cases. 

2014 – First Outpatient Hip Replacement performed. 

2015 – First Mako Robotic Total Knee Replacement performed by Dr. Nessler.

2016 – First Navio-Smith & Nephew Total Knee Replacement performed by Dr. Green.

2016 – First INSPIRE Sleep Apnea Implant Procedure performed by Dr. Hanson. 

2016 – Milestone: 300,000 total cases!

2018 –  Operating Rooms 7 and 8 are remodeled to accommodate total joint (robotics) and ophthalmology caseload.

2018 – Milestone: 1,000 Joint Replacement procedures performed!

2020 – Renovations begin on the sterile processing department, dining area, two operating rooms, and exterior. 

2021 – Dr. Belshe, at the age of 100,  and his wife, Mary, are interviewed about the upcoming anniversary. Watch it here! 

2021 – First VELYS Total Knee Replacement performed by Dr. Green. 

2021 – Renovations are wrapped up just in time to start preparing for our 50th Anniversary! 

2022 Milestone: 3,600 Joint Replacement procedures performed!