35 Spinal Surgery-Driven ASCs to Know

This is a list of 35 ambulatory surgery centers that exclusively or primarily host spinal procedures.

Please contact Laura Miller at lmiller@beckershealthcare.com for questions, comments or updates for this list.

Baltimore Spine Center. The Baltimore Spine Center includes minimally invasive treatments for outpatient orthopedic and spine procedures. Board-certified orthopedic surgeons perform sports medicine procedures such as ACL repairs and fracture repair. Spine surgeons perform procedures on patients with disc herniation or degenerative disc disease. Surgeons affiliated with the center include chief of orthopedic surgery and surgical specialties at Kaiser Permanente, Baltimore Gurminder S. Ahuja, MD.

Carrillo Surgery Center (Santa Barbara, Calif.).
Carrillo Surgery Center was founded in 2005 by Alan Moelleken, MD, who also founded and chairs the Tri-County Spine and Orthopedic Conference. There are several procedures performed at the two-OR facility, including lower extremity surgeries, general orthopedic procedures and interventional pain management. Surgeons also perform more unique procedures in the outpatient setting, including total knee replacements, minimally invasive posterior spinal fusions with posterior/transforaminal lumbar interbody fusions, sacroiliac joint fusions and cervical artificial disc replacements. Carrillo Surgery Center is accredited to keep patients for 23 hour stays, which allows for some of the more complex procedures.

The Christ Hospital Spine Surgery Center (Cincinnati).
This freestanding ASC, featuring 13 neurosurgeons and one pain management physician, is a partnership between the Mayfield Clinic, The Christ Hospital and United Surgical Partners International. When Mayfield Clinic founded the ASC in 2007, it was the first freestanding center in the region to provide spine surgery. Since then it has performed more than 10,000 spine procedures, which include single- and multi-level lumbar laminectomies, single- and multi-level anterior cervical discectomies and fusions and single-level spinal cord decompression. The surgery center features three operating rooms, one pain management suite and 11 pre- and postoperative patient rooms.

Christiana Spine Center (Newark, Del.).
Physicians at Christiana Spine Center perform minimally invasive spinal procedures in their outpatient facility, which has its main office on the Christiana Hospital campus. Christiana Spine Center has been operating in that location since June 2000 and the surgery center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. In addition to clinical care, the nine physicians are also engaged in research to further their field.

Citrus Park Surgery Center (Tampa, Fla.).
This two-OR center covers spine and orthopedic surgery as well as pain management and plastic surgery. One of this center's surgeons, Robert Nucci, MD, is founder of the Nucci Spine and Orthopedic Institute in Tampa. Dr. Nucci focuses on minimally invasive outpatient lumbar fusions and multi-level outpatient cervical disc replacements. He was among the first physician to actively employ Bio-Plex in his surgeries, a standard that is now used in a wide range of orthopedic surgeries.

Crane Creek Surgery Center (Melbourne, Fla.).
Crane Creek Surgery Center was founded in 2008 by physicians from Osler Medical Group and Blue Chip Surgical took over management a year later. The 14,000-squre-foot surgery center includes four operating rooms and two procedure rooms. Surgeons perform orthopedics, spine, general surgery, pain management and urology. Surgeons perform complex spinal procedures and diagnostic testing. In addition to the surgical facility, there is an auditorium for educational programs for the public and staff, as well as a venue for training visiting residents and physicians. The facility also includes an O-Arm Imaging System from Medtronic.

Diagnostic and Interventional Surgical Center (Marina del Rey, Calif.). This center, opened in 2007, features 20 physicians, including seven spine surgeons and eight orthopedic surgeons. To reduce infections in this 7,200-square-foot facility, the air throughout center is constantly cleansed by a 100 percent HEPA filtration system, surpassing conventional standards. DISC is the official medical provider for Red Bull North America athletes and Los Angeles Kings. It is accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care.

Doctor's Outpatient Surgical Center (Beverly Hills, Calif.). The physicians of Beverly Hills Spine Surgery founded Doctor's Outpatient Surgical Center in 2009, along with a pain management group. The surgery center has six partners and eight physicians total performing cases in the ASC. The surgery center includes two operating rooms where surgeons perform discectomies, TLIF, ACDF, posterior cervical decompression, pain management injections and spinal cord stimulators, among other procedures. Founding partners Brian Perri, DO, and Khawar Siddique, MD, frequently teach national spine surgical courses.

Eastwind Surgical (Westerville, Ohio).
The 10,350-square-foot Eastwind Surgical facility opened in 2007 as a multispecialty surgery center. It was established by the physicians of Central Ohio Neurological Surgeons and accredited by the Ohio Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The center became a Meridian Surgical Partners facility in July 2011. The facility is among the only surgery center in Ohio to offer the Axis Jackson Surgical Table for spinal procedures. The surgeons perform several procedures, including lumbar discectomy and decompression, lumbar fusion, anterior cervical discectomy, carpal tunnel release, epidural steroid injections, facet blocks and sacroiliac joint injections. Eastwind is under the leadership of administrator Lynn S. Feldman.

Englewood (Colo.) Surgery Center.
Englewood Surgery Center is located on Colorado Comprehensive Spine Institute's main campus and provides customized spine care. Physicians have a special interest in several areas of spine care, including minimally invasive spine surgery, cervical disc replacement and spinal fusion. The ASC includes six physicians who provide spine surgery and pain management. The practice also includes physical therapy and MRI.

GNS Surgery Center (Athens, Ga.).
This 8,000-square-foot surgery center is focused on providing spinal procedures. The ASC includes two operating rooms where five spine surgeons perform procedures. The center is affiliated with Georgia Neurological Surgery, Georgia Comprehensive Spine and Blue Chip Surgery Center Partners. Accredited by the AAAHC and certified by Medicare, this surgery center is designed for patient comfort. The center also includes pain management and interventional pain procedures.

Greensboro Specialty Surgical Center (Greensboro, NC).
The addition of 11 neurosurgeons in 2011 has contributed to substantial financial and volume growth for this multi-specialty surgery center managed by Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA). 2012 saw record volume at the facility, which has been in operation since 1996, and was inclusive of 437 ACDF, kyphoplasty and lumbar procedures. The facility team is focused on providing excellent clinical care for their patients as well as the best possible service to their physicians.  All clinical teammates are certified in their areas of expertise. Greensboro Specialty also performs a large volume in pain procedures in addition to podiatry, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, oral/maxillofacial, orthopedics and plastic surgeries.

Honolulu (Hawaii) Spine Surgery Center.
This Symbion center involves three orthopedic surgeons and five neurosurgeons. It hosts such services as hand surgery, minimally invasive spine procedures, neurosurgery, interventional orthopedics and pain management. The 7,800-square-foot center opened in 2007. It has two ORs and a private recovery room and provides a wide variety of equipment for minimally invasive surgeries.

Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery (Dallas).
Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery was opened in fall 2011. The 9,255-square-foot surgery center includes two operating rooms and one procedure room. It was designed for surgeons to perform minimally invasive spine surgery and includes the O-arm Spine Surgical Imaging system with StealthStation Navigation. Minimally invasive discectomies, decompressions, cervical disc replacement and percutaneous lumbar fusions are performed at the ASC. Surgeons partnered with Meridian Surgical Partners to construct the center. It is a member of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.

Laser Spine Institute (Tampa, Fla.).
Headquartered in Tampa, Laser Spine Institute also includes ASCs in Wayne, Pa., Scottsdale, Ariz., and Oklahoma City. Through endoscopic spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute's mission is to expand healthcare options for patients Laser Spine Institute treats a variety of spinal conditions, including spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, bone spurs, bulging/herniated discs and sciatica. It boasts an electronic medical record system, imaging services, family waiting room with free catered breakfasts and lunches, zero-gravity chairs and computers with free Internet access.

Loveland Surgery Center (Loveland, Colo.).
Loveland hosts about 3,400 orthopedic, spine, pain management and ENT procedures annually. It has seven physician-owners. The center's spine program was an early adopter of the level-three Prestige cervical disc replacement, the Coflex device, the multi-level NeoDisc replacement and the Dynamic Stabilization System for a posterior lumbar fusion, according to Sue Sumpter, administrator of the center. Loveland Surgery holds a convalescent license, allowing it to cover more complex surgeries. The surgery center is accredited by The Joint Commission.

Mayfield Spine Surgery Center (Cincinnati, Ohio).
Founded in 2005, Mayfield Spine Surgery Center is a free-standing ASC that provides spine, neurosurgery and pain management services to the Cincinnati area. The medical staff also includes physiatrists and anesthesiologists. Procedures performed at the ASC include minimally invasive discectomies and spinal fusions. The center features three operating rooms, one pain procedure suite and 11 patient rooms. Each patient room includes amenities such as a flat screen television for the patient's pre- and postoperative stays at the center.

Memorial Spine & Neuroscience Center (South Bend, Ind.).
Memorial Spine & Neuroscience Center offers minimally invasive spine surgery, peripheral nerve surgery and pain management procedures. There are seven physicians affiliated with the facility, which is located outside of Memorial Hospital.

Minimally Invasive Spine Institute Health Campus (Dallas).
This 48,000-square-foot center just opened in April 2011. It features four ORs, one minor procedure room and 16 recovery areas — all of which are private rooms. As part of a phased opening, it started with self-pay patients and then began accepting private insurance patients. It will be fully open to all patients summer 2011. The facility takes a holistic approach to healthcare by providing a full spectrum of treatment options, from physical therapy to surgical intervention. It is among the first in Texas to host endoscopic laser spine surgery.

Neurological Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center (Savannah, Ga.).
The Neurological Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center includes multiple operating rooms and a procedure room. There are 10 physicians credentialed to perform cases at the center. The physicians have a special interest in minimally invasive procedures, artificial disc replacement and spinal fractures. It is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

NeuroSpine and Pain Surgery Center (Ft. Wayne, Ind.).
NeuroSpine is a joint venture between neurosurgeons and the physical medicine physicians of the NeuroSpine and Pain Center and Lutheran Hospital of Indiana. Opened in January 2007, NeuroSpine and Pain Surgery Center concentrates on solutions for neck and back surgery to treat low back pain, upper back pain, neck pain and muscle pain. In addition to the center's nine neurosurgeons, the center includes physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists. The facility houses three ORs, one procedure room, 10 pre- and postsurgical rooms and six recovery beds, allowing privacy and support during recovery. Patients have the ability to stay over night if necessary.

Orthopaedic and Neurological Center of Greenwich (Conn.).
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Ambulatory Surgical Center, operating under the name Orthopaedic and Neurological Center of Greenwich, is a joint venture between Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists in Greenwich and Greenwich Hospital. The surgery center includes four operating rooms that have high definition video cameras for arthroscopic procedures. The physicians perform knee and shoulder arthroscopy, ACL reconstruction, extremities care and minimally invasive spine procedures.

Orthopaedic Surgery Center of La Jolla (Calif.). T
his is the orthopedic ASC of Surgery One, a network of four outpatient surgery centers in the San Diego area. The ASC hosts 10 spine surgeons, 18 orthopedic surgeons and five pain management physicians. Surgeons perform joint replacement, arthroscopy, spine surgery and general surgery at the facility. The surgery center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Parkway Surgery Center (Hagerstown, Md.)
. Opened in August 2006, Parkway offers comprehensive spine treatments and non-invasive spine surgical procedures. The ASC was founded by the physicians of Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute. With nine physician owners and 10 surgeons performing cases at the center, it is part of the Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners network. The center includes one operating room and one procedure room where physicians perform several procedures, including facet injections, nerve blocks, laminotomy, laminectomy, discectomy and spinal fusion. It is accredited by The Joint Commission and includes an MRI and CT scan.

South Sound Brain and Spine (Puyallup, Wash.).
South Sound Neurosurgery Brain & Spine Center is the outpatient surgical facility of South Sound Neurosurgery, led by Richard Wohns, MD. The surgery center includes two operating rooms and has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission. The facility also includes an MRI and conference/education room. The surgeons perform a variety of outpatient minimally invasive spine procedures and also provide pain management services.

Southeastern Spine Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center (Mount Pleasant, S.C.).
Southeastern Spine Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center is South Carolina's only ASC dedicated specifically to spine health. The 41,000-square-foot facility was designed by Don Johnson, MD, and Steve Poletti, MD, to address patients with spine-specific issues, including total disc replacement. In addition to outpatient surgery, Southwest Spine Institute includes imaging, fluoroscopy and physical therapy. The surgery center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and Medicare-certified.

Spine & Sports Surgery Center (Campbell, Calif.).
Spine & Sports Surgery Center includes orthopedic surgery, pain management and physiatry. The center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and Medicare certified. The surgeons are affiliated with the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The facility is affiliated with Spine & Sports Medical Center.

Spine Centers of America (Fair Lawn, N.J.).
Spine Centers of America, affiliated with New Jersey Back Institute, operates three surgical centers with a team of certified endoscopic spine surgeons. Founder and Head Surgeon Bryan J. Massoud, MD, has performed more than 1,000 minimally invasive spine surgeries for maladies such as cervical and lumbar disc herniations, thoracic disc herniations, spinal stenosis, failed back surgery syndrome, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and infections. He also instructs orthopedic residents and colleagues in new procedure and endoscopic techniques. Spine Centers of America opened its new Advanced Spine Surgery Center in Union, N.J., in November 2010.

The Spine Institute of Southern New Jersey (Marlton, N.J.).
Surgeons at The Spine Institute of Southern New Jersey perform spinal surgery, which includes lumbar discectomy, lumbar laminectomy, posterior lumbar interbody fusion and anterior lumbar interbody fusion. The ASC's staff is focused on providing one-on-one care. Orthopedic surgeons include Joan O'Shea, MD, and Steven B. Kirshner, MD. Dr. Kirshner was the first spine surgeon in New Jersey to perform lumbar total disc replacement and the first to implant a flexible rod system in 2004.

Spine Surgery Center of Eugene (Eugene, Ore.).
The Spine Surgery Center of Eugene was opened in 2007 by Glenn L. Keiper Jr., MD, founder of KeiperSpine, and several associates. Dr. Keiper has focused on motion-sparing techniques, which has helped him develop new technology for spine surgery. Physicians perform minimally invasive spine procedures. The surgery center is lead by Administrator and CEO P. Evelyn Cole, MHSA, CASC. The center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Squaw Peak Surgical Facility (Phoenix).
Squaw Peak Surgical Facility was founded by spine surgeon Anthony Yeung, MD, in 1998 to complement his practice, Desert Institute for Spine Care. Along with Dr. Yeung, Christopher A. Yeung, MD, and Justin S. Field, MD, are partners in the center. Surgeons at the two-operating room surgery center perform several spine procedures, including endoscopic transforaminal thoracic and lumbar spine decompression, Yeung Endoscopic Spine Surgery (selective endoscopic discectomy), mircor lumbar discectomy, endoscopic dorsal ramus rhizotomy and ablation and therapeutic injections. Injections include transforaminal epidural steroid injections, facet injections, medical branch block injections and caudel injections. The surgeons also perform a dorsal endoscopic rhizotomy surgery developed by Dr. Yeung, using the Yeung Endoscopic Spine Surgery system. The surgeons are team spine surgeons and consultants for several professional athletic teams, including the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds.

St. Louis Spine Surgery Center.
Physician investors with St. Louis Spine Surgery Center partnered with Blue Chip Surgical Partners to establish their 6,700-square-foot facility in 2007. It was acquired by Meridian Surgical Partners in February 2012 and contains two operating rooms. The 10 physicians perform a variety of neurosurgery and pain management procedures. St. Louis Spine Surgery Center is led by administrator Debbie Wooten and is located in a medical office building.

Surgery Center of Reno (Nev.).
This multi-specialty ASC has a strong orthopedics program with 16 orthopedic surgeons. Its spine program has two spine surgeons. The surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery and offer nine other subspecialties. Spine surgeon James Lynch, MD, serves as chairman of the board of directors for the center. By combining multiple disciplines, the center is able to offer a team approach to find treatment for those suffering from back or neck pain.

Two Rivers Surgical Center (Eugene, Ore.).
Formerly named Northwest Neurospine Institute, Two Rivers Surgical Center opened in July 2006. The 7,911-square-foot facility, acquired by Meridian Surgical Partners in August 2008, was specifically designed for outpatient spine procedures, using two ORs. The facility also provides pain management procedures. Angel Kellum serves as the center's administrator. Two Rivers Surgical Center is a Medicare-certified and recognized by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

West Park Surgery Center (Cape Girardeau, Mo.).
West Park Surgery Center was formed in association with the physicians from Brain & NeuroSpine Clinic of Missouri and Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners. Surgeons at the center perform anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, microdiscectomy, carpal tunnel, ulnar nerve transposition and pain management procedures. The surgery center includes five physicians.

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