The Alvarado Spine & Joint Institute Opens July 30 in San Diego

The new Alvarado Spine & Joint Institute, which opens July 30, provides a transformational approach to patient care that centers on total wellness, in conjunction with leading-edge technology and advanced surgical procedures.

Jul 29, 2015, 15:44 ET from Alvarado Spine & Joint Institute

SAN DIEGO, July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Alvarado Hospital unveiled its new facility on Thursday, July 23, called the Alvarado Spine & Joint Institute. The institute is entirely devoted to orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation, focusing on spinal surgery and joint replacement. The Spine & Joint Institute's method of patient care takes a patient experience-focused approach. For example, patients are encouraged to wear whatever clothing they feel comfortable in, rather than patient gowns.

"From the moment patients visit the orthopedist office until they attend a follow-up reunion lunch a few months post-surgery, they are undergoing a defined process that has proven to have superior results and high patient satisfaction scores," said Robin Gomez, Alvarado Hospital administrator. "Our new program is modeled after the nationally renowned Marshall Steele program and is the only Marshall Steele spine and joint program in San Diego."

Dr. Marshall Steele developed an approach to spine and joint replacement surgery that took into account the patient's and family's experience, as well as the long-term effect of the surgery, reducing nausea, and increasing healing effectiveness while cutting down recovery time. The institute's model understands that healing and recovery is as much about patient peace of mind and emotional support as it is about post-op medication.

"This game-changing care model ultimately leads to sustainable superior results," said Dr. Choll Kim, Spine Institute co-medical director.

In addition to its revolutionary approach to patient care, the Advanced Spine & Joint Institute is equipped with state-of-the-art surgical technology. The Institute also practices minimally-invasive and laser procedures alongside traditional spinal surgery. And, joint replacement procedures include robot-assisted technology and custom-made, state-of-the-art knee implants.

The Alvarado Spine & Joint Institute's focus on patient wellness also provides a few popular benefits that make it unique among San Diego hospitals. For example, the Institute allows each patient to choose a "coach" from among their family members, who attends educational meetings, rehabilitation, meals, and can even spend the night, to emotionally support the patient and help with recovery.

For more information about the program, visit or call (619) 229-4548. For a physician referral, call (800) 258-2723. Most insurance plans are accepted.


SOURCE Alvarado Spine & Joint Institute