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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 patient satisfaction.

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 prestigious 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.