Patient Care Coordinators:
Octavio Aguirre (619) 517-6561

Surgery Facility
2014 Top 100 Hospital in the Nation



San Diego Spine Center
Patient-Centered San Diego Spine Center


The physicians, nurses and staff of the brand-new San Diego Spine Center have created a special program that brings together a team of experienced and expert surgeons to provide seamless, coordinated care, and get you back to your favorite activities as soon as possible.

Our goal is to ensure that your stay with us is as pleasant as possible. We have created a special place to lift your spirits as you make your way to a more active lifestyle.


We believe the key to better outcomes is a commitment to education for you and your family. Knowing what to expect each step of the way can help reduce anxiety and prepares you for as smooth a recovery as possible.

  • Engaging community outreach seminars
  • An informative pre-op class for patients and family
  • A Patient Guidebook and daily newsletters while in the hospital


Within our hospital, we have created a special area just for the care of our spine patients. You get to wear your own clothes, and family members are encouraged to participate in group activities, meals and other special events. Exercise and therapy is also in a group setting, so that our patients can support and encourage each other on the road to recovery.


Dedicated Unit with Spacious Private Rooms: All activities—physical therapy, group lunches and nursing care—take place on a unit dedicated exclusively to spine patients.


Healing, Ocean-themed Unit: To encourage healing, the unit has been designed to reflect the peacefulness of a seaside town with beach cottage-like rooms, boardwalk hallways for therapeutic strolling and ceilings painted to look like you are outside—all designed with our patients’ mental, emotional and physical well-being in mind.

Dedicated Staff: All San Diego Spine staff have been chosen specially because of their expertise; positive, upbeat nature; and high motivational skills.

Care Coordinator: Our care coordinator oversees your entire stay and is a resource before, during and after discharge.

Dress for Success: Our patients do not wear hospital gowns. You are encouraged to bring comfortable clothes from home, i.e. sweat suits, shorts and T-shirts, to wear during the day to encourage the concept of wellness.

Active Daily Schedule: Our patients participate in an aggressive daily schedule, which means you are up and dressed by 7 a.m. to begin therapy the day after surgery. Patients typically do therapy together to encourage camaraderie and peer support.

Daily Newsletters: Each morning, our patients receive a daily newsletter with breakfast, letting you know what is on the agenda for the day, along with tips for healing.

Comprehensive Guidebook: Education begins in the physician’s office where our patients are provided with a comprehensive guidebook explaining the upcoming surgery, strengthening exercises and pre-surgery and post-surgery guidelines.

Coach: Each of our patients chooses a coach—typically a family member or friend—who is an active participant in the patient’s care before, during and after discharge from the hospital. Coaches learn the program right along with their loved one to provide encouragement and support.

Group Lunches: Group lunches are held in the center’s group room for patients, coaches and staff to encourage camaraderie and shared experiences.

After-Care Support Program: Graduates receive calls from the San Diego Spine Center staff within 72 hours of discharge and reunions for graduates and their coaches are held regularly with surgeons and the entire care team.

Advanced Analgesic and Rapid-Recovery Surgical Techniques: Our surgeons are trained in the most advanced analgesic and minimally invasive surgical techniques that result in less pain and a quicker recovery.

Superior Outcomes: We evaluate each patient on multiple clinical, functional and patient satisfaction criteria. These outcomes are analyzed during monthly performance improvement team meetings, and enable us to become masters of teamwork and performance. So when we say superior outcomes, we have the data to prove it.

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