Nothing about the new patient unit at Paradise Valley Hospital resembles
a hospital—more like a beach get-away. But for patients who require
spine surgery, the new San Diego Spine & Joint Center at the hospital
will at least make recovery a little more pleasing.
"This is not your typical hospital program or hospital stay,"
said Dr. William Tontz, medical director of the spine center. Modeled
after the nationally renowned Marshall Steele program, Dr. Tontz developed
this program in partnership with Paradise Valley to improve outcomes and
provide superior experience for individuals having spine surgery.
"First and foremost, we do not see our patients as being sick,"
Dr. Tontz said. "Instead, we see our patients as healthy individuals
who are coming to the hospital because they have back pain and want to
live a better quality of life by having spine surgery."
Not only is the new unit likely the most unique among all San Diego hospitals,
the program's fundamental concept of wellness is executed throughout
the entire program, which incorporates the most advanced minimally invasive,
advanced analgesic, and rapid-recovery surgical techniques with an environment
that maximizes patient recovery through education, a culture of early
mobility, family involvement and group interaction. This is the first
Marshall Steele program in San Diego County.
The fundamental concept of wellness is also executed throughout the patient's
stay – as they wear clothes from home rather than hospital gowns
and start therapy early the next morning after surgery. The end result
has proven that hospitals that incorporate the Marshall Steele model of
care and recovery have superior outcomes.
"We evaluate each patient on multiple clinical, functional and patient
satisfaction criteria," explained Dr. Tontz. "These outcomes
are analyzed during monthly performance improvement team meetings and
enable Paradise Valley staff to become masters of teamwork."
"This program will be a game-changer for San Diego patients, and will
lead to an entirely different patient experience," said Neerav Jadeja,
hospital administrator. He added that the spine unit opens May 5 and the
total joint replacement program in a couple of months.
Paradise Valley Hospital is among the Top 100 Hospitals in the Nation as
named by Truven Health. For more information about the San Diego Spine
& Joint Center at Paradise Valley Hospital, call the program coordinator
at (619) 470-4249.