A trailblazing total joint replacement (TJR) and spine surgery program
will open its doors at Alvarado Hospital in April 2015. This program is
based on the nationally recognized Marshall Steele program, which is renowned
for its superior outcomes, wellness-focused recovery strategies and high
The total joint replacement program will be the first Marshall Steele-based
program in the San Diego; previously, patients seeking this higher level
of care had to travel to Orange County.
Alvarado Hospital is well-positioned to expand its orthopedic services
to includes this prestigous program as it was named among
America's 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™ and Orthopedic
Surgery™ by Healthgrades in 2014.
Conceived on the East Coast by Dr. Marshall Steele, this outcomes-focused
TJR and spine programs has achieved highly successful outcomes in more
than a hundred facilities across the U.S. by creating the best model for
patient care combined with recovery strategies that focus on wellness.
The Marshall Steele model also allows community hospitals to provide a
center of excellence in joint replacement and spine surgery on par with
large hospitals and academic medical centers.
"Our program will be recognized as a destination center for providing
evidence-based, individualized care for our patients that is unmatched
in terms of clinical excellence and customer service," said
Robin Gomez, Alvarado Hospital administrator. "It will entirely change the care
experience for total joint replacement and spine patients in San Diego
and at Alvarado Hospital."
The patient unit will be remodeled to be a showcase of San Diego landscapes
and landmarks. Unique aspects of the program include patients wearing
comfortable clothes from home instead of hospital gowns, group therapy
and dining, a loved-one assigned as a "coach" throughout the
recovery and many other evidence-based strategies to improve recovery
and patient satisfaction.
The new TJR medical director of the TJR program is
Dr. James Bates and the spine medical director is
Dr. Choll Kim, a pioneer in minimally invasive surgery.
Alvarado Hospital accepts almost all insurance plans, including those under
the Covered California umbrella.