OCEANSIDE — Tri-City Medical Center has formed the Orthopaedic and Spine Institute with 12 specialists joining together with the Medical Center in a collaboration. The institute is based on the same model as the recently opened Cardiovascular Health Institute featuring patient-centric care coupled with an emphasis on advanced technology.
Physician specialties at the Orthopaedic and Spine Institute include orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery and podiatry. The institute will involve the patient experience from the first visit in a physician’s office all the way through to post-discharge and rehabilitation.
Physician Neville Alleyne, president of the institute’s board of directors, says modern medicine is dependent on the collaborative, multi-disciplinary model. “This collaborative approach between physicians and the hospital means patients are assured of receiving the highest level of care in an accountable and efficient manner.”
The Orthopaedic and Spine Institute is on target to treat its first patients in April. A nurse navigator will provide concierge-style service to patients. This advance practice nurse will handle all aspects of the patient experience such as scheduling appointments, coordinating care, arranging for physical therapy and even reminding patients about follow up appointments.
The institute’s combination of a multi-disciplinary team of orthopaedic, spine and podiatric doctors and coordinated care will benefit patients in a variety of ways.
“When you come to the Orthopaedic and Spine Institute you will be treated by doctors who are true leaders in their specialties, using the newest technology available,” said Jeremy Raimo, institute administrator. “And with our nurse navigator, you will experience less pain, stay in the hospital a shorter amount of time and recover quickly with our advanced and comprehensive rehabilitation services and state-of-the-art Wellness Center. Our continuum of care is truly seamless which translates to these key benefits to our patients.”
Members of the Institute and the governing board include orthopaedic physicians President Neville Alleyne, David Amory, Andrew Cooperman, Janet Dunlap, At large Physician Manager James Esch, Andrew Hartman, Joel Heiser, Vice President James Helgager and Richard Muir. It also includes neurosurgeons Kenneth Ott and Lokesh Tantuwaya and podiatrist Eric Thuen along with Treasurer Casey Fatch and Secretary Donald Dawkins.