20 Orthopedic- and Spine-Driven ASCs to Know

Houston Orthopedic Surgery Center (Warner Robins, Ga.). Houston Orthopedic Surgery Center is home to four orthopedic and sports medicine specialists and one spine surgeon. The ASC consists of two operating rooms, a sub-sterile area, four preoperative rooms and five PACU beds. The center performs a variety of orthopedic procedures, including anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, carpal tunnel release, trigger finger release and surgery for tennis elbow. The center's spine program performs cervical disc replacement, multi-level anterior cervical disc fusion, endoscopic spine procedures and minimally invasive spine fusions, among other procedures. Becky Mann, director of Houston Orthopedic, attributes the center's success to its dedication to patient care and cost-consciousness. "Our goal at Houston Orthopedic Surgery Center is to always put our patient first," she says. "Service is given with professional competence and a smile. No one in the center is too busy to stop and answer a question or lend a helping hand."

Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center (Morton Grove, Ill.). ISMOSC is a physician-owned, multi-specialty ASC specializing in orthopedic and spine surgery, podiatry and pain management. ISMOSC has four ORs and one procedure room and is home to 18 orthopedic surgeons, nine podiatrists, three pain management physicians and 15 anesthesiologists. ISMOSC performs a wide variety of orthopedic ambulatory surgical procedures including arthroscopies, ACL reconstructions, arthroplasties, carpal tunnel releases, meniscectomies, open reduction internal fixations, arthroscopic Bankart procedures and rotator cuff repairs as well as spine procedures such as laminectomies, microdiscectomies, anterior cervical discectomies and fusions. In 2007, its first year of operation, ISMOSC performed more than 1,300 cases. The surgery center has experienced continued growth in case volume, performing more than 3,200 cases in 2008 and over 4,200 cases in 2009, according to Larry Parrish, administrator of the center.

Loveland Surgery Center (Loveland, Colo.). Loveland Surgery Center performs approximately 3,400 orthopedic, spine, pain management and ENT procedures annually. The ASC, which is jointly owned by physicians and National Surgical Care, features two ORs and a procedure room equipped with anesthesia. The center's spine program was the first facility in the United States to perform a level-three Prestige cervical artificial disc replacement, utilize the Coflex device, perform a multi-level NeoDisc replacement and the first to utilize the Dynamic Stabilization System for a posterior lumbar fusion, according to Sue Sumpter, administrator of the center. The surgery center holds a convalescent license, which allows the facility to perform more complex surgeries such as lumbar and cervical spine fusions, which require multiple overnight stays, while remaining an outpatient facility. The offering of these complex surgeries at the center provides an economical surgery option for patients and third-party payors, says Ms. Sumpter. The center is also currently participating in two new FDA artificial disc studies as well as a stem cell study.

Orthopaedic Surgery Center of San Antonio (San Antonio). Orthopaedic Surgery Center of San Antonio is the ASC of the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group, one of the largest orthopedic groups in South Texas. The AAAHC-accredited ASC features six ORs and one procedure room, and the center's more than 20 physicians and 50 staff members perform approximately 4,500 procedures annually. Orthopaedic Surgery Center's physicians specialize in all areas of orthopedics including sports medicine, shoulder, knee, hand, foot, ankle and spine.  

Mayfield Clinic Spine Surgery Center (Cincinnati). Mayfield Clinic Spine Surgery Center offers same-day surgeries and procedures for patients with spine problems. The ASC is affiliated with Mayfield Clinic and serves patients whose treatment does not require an overnight hospital stay. Procedures performed at the ASC include lumbar laminectomies, anterior cervical diskectomies and fusions, spinal cord decompression, ulnar nerve surgery, carpel tunnel surgery and minimally invasive spine procedures. The ASC is staffed by 13 neurosurgeons and one pain management physician and features three ORs and one pain management procedure suite. Mayfield is the first freestanding center in the region to provide ambulatory spine surgeries and pain management procedures performed by spine surgeons.

Midland Surgical Center (Sycamore, Ill.). Midland Surgical Center opened in 2005 and is a joint venture between a local health system, five orthopedic surgeons and Regent Surgical Health. The multispecialty center features orthopedics, pain management, podiatry, plastic surgery and ophthalmology, and is used by eight orthopedic surgeons, two podiatrists, one plastic surgeon, four ophthalmologists and one pain management specialist. The ASC feature two ORs, and orthopedic surgeons at the center performed approximately 1,200 orthopedic cases last year. The center received CTQ's Apex Quality Award in 2009, which is given to only 20 ASCs across the country for excellence in patient satisfaction. In the coming years, the ASC hopes to add news surgeons and double its caseload, says Patricia Sulaver, RN, administrator of the center.

Missoula Bone and Joint Surgery Center (Missoula, Mont.). Missoula Bone and Joint Surgery Center, the ASC of the Missoula Bone & Joint Clinic, is located in the heart of Montana's Missoula Valley. The AAAHC-accredited center, which opened in 2001, performs approximately 2,000 orthopedics and plastic surgery cases annually. The ASC is located next to the physician offices of Missoula Bone & Joint, an eight-physician orthopedic practice, which offers imaging services and an orthopedic urgent care center. The ASC features a one-to-one nurse-to-patient ratio, 2 ORs and is staffed by 9 physicians.

New Mexico Orthopaedic Surgery Center (Albuquerque, N.M.). New Mexico Orthopaedic Surgery Center is an orthopedic-focused, United Surgical Partners International-affiliated ASC. The Joint Commission-accredited ASC opened in 2001 and performs more than 2,500 procedures annually. The ASC features six ORs and one treatment room and offers services in orthopedics, pain management and podiatry. According to Ron Rives, administrator of the center, the ASC's success relates primarily to its involved partners, which includes more than 20 physicians, its staff and corporate partner United Surgical Partners International. The ASC continues to grow and has planned a $3.5 million expansion beginning in Dec. 2010, according to Mr. Rives.

The Orthopedic Surgery Center of Arizona (Phoenix, Ariz.).
The Orthopedic Surgery Center of Arizona is a physician-owned, state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center specializing in orthopedics. The AAAHC-accredited ASC was developed by 15 orthopedic surgeons and Cornerstone Surgical Partners. All of the ASC's physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals are actively involved in operational decision-making and aim to provide the utmost in quality care and personalized service. The Orthopedic Surgery Center of Arizona maintains a patient satisfaction rating above 98 percent and now uses this rating as a minimum standard, says to Gary Throgmorton, administrator of the center.

Orthopaedic Surgery Center of La Jolla (La Jolla, Calif.).
The Orthopaedic Surgery Center of La Jolla is the orthopedic ASC of Surgery One, a network of four outpatient surgery centers located in and around San Diego. The center offers a full range of surgical services from minimally invasive spine surgery and arthroscopic and reconstructive orthopedic surgery to cutting-edge treatments for chronic pain. Ten spine surgeons, 18 orthopedic surgeons and five pain management physicians are affiliated with the center. The surgery center is driven by its goals, which include offering the best and most current state-of-the-art technology, impacting the industry, pursuing an outstanding reputation and maintaining profitability.

Orthopaedic Surgical Center of the North Shore (Peabody, Mass.).
OSCNS is a 16,500-square-foot ASC that opened in 2004. The ASC's medical staff includes 11 orthopedic surgeons from Sports Medicine North in Peabody as well as three pain management specialists, one podiatrist and three urologists.  The center is an independent ASC privately owned by surgeons, an anesthesiology group and the center's CEO. Physicians at the center performed more than 5,400 cases in 2009 and have performed approximately 23,000 cases since the ASC's opening. OSCNS has recently become involved in a research study on the use of a new type of spinal implant and also offers physical therapy and MRI services on site. John Powell, MBA, CEO of OSCNS, says the center's development was challenging but a worthy pursuit. "We were the first independent orthopedic ASC in this state and accomplished setting this up even though most consultants and trade journals said it could not be done because of the hostile regulatory environment in Massachusetts, a fact of which we are rightly proud," he says.

Parkway Surgery Center (Hagerstown, Md.). Parkway Surgery Center offers comprehensive spine treatments and non-invasive spine surgical procedures in a state-of-the-art outpatient facility. The physician-owned surgery center, which is part of the Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners network of physician-led surgery centers, features four neurosurgeons specializing in the spine and three pain management specialists. The center prides itself on providing world-class care and using the latest technology at an affordable cost. Procedures performed at the center include facet injections, nerve blocks, radio frequency ablation, laminotomy, laminectomy and diskectomy.

Peak One Surgery Center (Frisco, Colo.).
Peak One Surgery Center is one of the leading ASCs in Colorado. Located near Summit Medical Center, the ASC features the following specialties: orthopedic surgery, pain management, urology, gynecology, ENT, gastroenterology, general surgery and ophthalmology. The center is a partnership between Summit Surgical Group and St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco. The ASC's orthopedic medical staff includes 10 orthopedic surgeons from Vail Summit Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and the Steadman Hawkins Clinic, also based in Vail. A majority of the procedures performed at the clinic are orthopedic-focused, and the center is AAAHC-accredited.

Ravine Way Surgery Center (Glenview, Ill.).
Ravine Way Surgery Center, an orthopedic- and pain management-focused ASC, opened its doors in 1996. Today, the center performs approximately 1,600 cases annually. The ASC features three ORs and a one procedure room, and has 24 physicians on staff. According to Melody Winter-Jabeck, administrator at the center, Ravine Way is successful because of a strong commitment from its physicians-owners and a strong management team and experienced staff. The center, however, judges its success by the care it provides to its patients and is most proud of its very high patient satisfaction ratings, says Ms. Winter-Jabeck.

Reading Surgery Center (Wyomissing, Pa.).
Reading Surgery Center opened in 2001 to provide convenient, customer-friendly outpatient surgical services in the greater Reading (Pa.) community and to its physicians and patients. The center is the longest-standing multispecialty ASC in Berks County, Pa., and it features three ORs and one procedure room. The ASCs' medical staff includes seven orthopedics surgeons, four pain management specialists, six podiatrists as well as two gynecologists, two ophthalmologists and one plastic surgeon. Orthopedic surgeons practicing at the ASC represent several area orthopedic practices including Reading Neck & Spine in Wyomissing, Independence Orthopedics in Pottstown and Berkshire Orthopedic Associates in Wyomissing. Physicians at the center performed more than 6,700 cases in 2009, including spine cases such as laminectomies and ACDFs. For the past three years, the center received a perfect score on its annual state licensing survey, and the center also received a perfect score an unannounced Medicare survey this year, says Kathleen Royles, administrator of the center.

Rockford Orthopedic Surgery Center (Rockford, Ill.).
Rockford Orthopedic Surgery Center is the ASC of Rockford Orthopedic Associates, an orthopedic practice of 18 orthopedic surgeons and two podiatrists. The center opened in 2004, and its surgeons perform a number of orthopedic procedures not requiring overnight stays in addition to pain management procedures. The ASC offers the latest medical technology, advanced procedures and state-of-the-art equipment. Physicians at the center performed approximately 2,800 surgical cases and more than 5,300 procedures in 2009. ROSC is currently running at near capacity and its leaders are presently reviewing plans for expansion, according to Lynne Pratt, marketing communication director for Rockford Orthopedic Associates.

St. Louis Spine Surgery Center (Creve Coeur, Mo.). St. Louis Spine Surgery Center is a freestanding, pain management and spine surgical facility. The 6,000 square-foot center, part of the Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners network of physician-owned surgery centers, is home to six pain management physicians, two orthopedic surgeons and two neurosurgeons. The center features two operating rooms and offers a variety of outpatient pain management, orthopedic and neurological procedures. The center aims to offer personal attention and the highest quality surgical care using the latest technology, at an affordable cost.

Surgery Center of Reno (Reno, Nevada). Surgery Center of Reno is a multispecialty ASC with a strong orthopedics program. The center is located next to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno and is the only freestanding surgery center in Reno with direct hospital access if the need arises to transfer to a higher level of care. The center's medical staff includes four spine surgeons, eight orthopedic surgeons and six podiatrists. Spine surgeon James Lynch, MD, serves as chairman of the board of directors for the center. Other surgical medical specialties offered at the center include pain management, ENT, urology, ophthalmology, OBGYN, general surgery and oral surgery.

Tucson Orthopaedic Surgery Center (Tucson, Ariz.). Tucson Orthopaedic Surgery Center specializes in orthopedic and pain management procedures, performing approximately 6,900 procedures in 2009. The 11,500 square-foot facility features four ORs and serves 19 surgeons affiliated with Tucson Orthopaedic Institute. Tracy Kruse, RN, director of nursing at the center, says staff members are the biggest contributors to the ASC's success. "Our entire staff — from housekeeping to management and everyone in between — has a committed interest and desire to ensure that we provide excellent support not only to our patients but to each other as well," she says. In February, three surgeons from the ASC traveled to Haiti to aid in the relief efforts and the center donated supplies and equipment, working with local agencies to ensure the donations reached Haiti, says Mr. Kruse.

Wildwood Surgical Center (Toledo, Ohio). Wildwood Surgical Center is an 18,000 square-foot multispecialty surgery center with five operating rooms. The center, operated by ProMedica Health System, is home to 50 physicians in addition to 44 clinical and administrative staff. Physicians at the center perform approximately 6,000 procedures annually. The center's orthopedic program is part of ProMedica's Orthopaedic Institute, and common orthopedic procedures performed at the ASC involve the knee, shoulder and foot and ankle.

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