Amsurg Corp., the operator of 242 U.S. ambulatory surgery centers, agreed to buy Sheridan Healthcare for $2.35 billion to add the country’s biggest provider of anesthesia services.

The cash and stock deal, agreed upon by both boards, will immediately contribute to Amsurg’s adjusted earnings per share, the Nashville, Tennessee-based company said today in a statement. Sheridan, based in Sunrise, Florida, is owned by private-equity firm Hellman & Friedman LLC.

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