USC’s medical system announced on Wednesday that it has formed a strategic alliance with Surgical Care Affiliates Inc. to manage surgery centers in the Los Angeles region, including one in Glendale.

Surgical Care is a publicly traded company in Deerfield, Ill. that provides surgery services, often working with academic hospitals. Under the agreement with Keck Medicine of USC, the university will supply the surgeons and Surgical Care will manage the day-to-day activities in the operating rooms, with the goal of increasing efficiency and lowering costs.

The first outpatient location to utilize the new model will be Keck Medicine of USC Surgical Center – Glendale, offering endoscopy, orthopaedic and urology procedures. USC recently purchased an orthopaedic doctors group in Glendale.

The Glendale center and others opened under the partnership will focus on ambulatory surgery – procedures that take 23 hours or less.

“Keck is known for more serious procedures like brain surgery,” said Shawn Sheffield, chief strategy and system development officer at Keck Medicine of USC. “With the whole Joan Rivers thing it became clear that even minor surgery can get very serious, so you want to make sure you go to an ambulatory center with good protocols.”

In addition to the Glendale practice, USC also recently acquired doctor groups in Bakersfield, Newport Beach and Irvine. It previously had established clinics in La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena and Beverly Hills.

Last year, it purchased USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale. The acquisitions come as USC, UCLA and other hospital systems seek to expand and build community clinics, which are encouraged by the federal health care reform law.