Healing-Designed Unit

Only Marshall Steele Spine and Joint Program in San Diego

With our patients recovery in mind, healing design was incorporated into our new Advanced Spine & Joint Institute. The orthopedics-only patient unit covers the entire top floor of Alvarado Hospital and reflects San Diego's beautiful landscapes and landmarks. As you stroll along the "boardwalk" floors during your rehabilitation, you can observe San Diego's picturesque cities.

Each room is named after a town, so our patients stay in the Del Mar room, the La Jolla room, or perhaps, the Coronado room. This theme is carried into each patient room as well. All patient rooms are private with private bathrooms.

Because the support of loved ones is important to patient recovery, our unit also is family-centered. Each room features a recliner that can double as an overnight lounger if a family member chooses to stay. A family lounge offers an opportunity for larger families to eat together or enjoy a movie. Families also are encouraged to join the patient for meals and rehabilitation.

The rehabilitation room is located on the patient unit floor. Patients are up early the day after surgery (sometimes the day of) to start therapy, as research has shown that early rehabilitation leads to quicker recovery. Family members are asked to participate to provide encouragement and to learn startegies to keep the therapy going once the patient returns home.

Each patient receives a comprehensive book to explain what happens before surgery, during recovery, post-op and return to home. It provides all the exercises needed to continue therapy at home.

A favorite component of our program is that patients can wear comfortable clothes from home, such as sweat suits and t-shirts, instead of hospital gowns. Hospital gowns can make you feel sick and our goal is to get you focused on wellness.

Our nurses are specially trained to assist orthopedic patients and our two nurse navigators help patients transition seamlessly through each step of the process from pre-op education, in-hospital stay, case management and post-op follow-through. All our patients are invited back for lunch so we can find out how you are doing.

Due to our advanced technology—such as minimally invasive, lasers, robotics and 3D imaging—your stay with us will be short. However, to make your short stay a little nicer, we encourage you to register for our free Alvarado Advantage Club, which means when you are hospitalized, you receive VIP parking, free newspaper daily at breakfast time, free cup of gourmet coffee for a guest, and much more. In addition, our members receive hotel discounts and 10% off the nearby pharmacy. Register here.

To contact our nurse navigators, click here or call (619) 229-4548.