Naval Medical Center San Diego Opens New Multidisciplinary Spine Center
SAN DIEGO (April 2, 2010) - Commander, Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) Rear Adm. Christine M. Bruzek-Kohler and Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery, Capt. Dana C. Covey cut the ceremonial ribbon to official open NMCSD’s Multi-disciplinary Spine Center (MDSC). With the updated configuration of the MDSC, patients will be able to schedule and be seen at Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, Interventional Radiology, Anesthesia Pain Management and Primary Care Sports Medicine services in one clinic setting during an individual visit instead of making individual appointments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anastasia Puscian/Released)
By Lt. Cmdr. Charles Craven, Jr. M.D., MC, Naval Medical Center San Diego Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO - Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) celebrated the grand opening of the new Multidisciplinary Spine Center (MDSC) with a ribbon cutting ceremony April 2.
The creation of the MDSC marks a significant collaborative effort between the departments of Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, Interventional Radiology, Anesthesia Pain Management and Primary Care Sports Medicine services at NMCSD. Through the combined efforts of these departments, patients receive comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for spinal disorders in one clinic visit. Patients can be seen by an Orthopedic Spine surgeon, a Physical Therapist as well as receive diagnostic and therapeutic treatments by Interventional Radiology and Pain Management specialists on the same day.
“The concept of a MDSC marks a new era in spinal care for the patients,” explains, director of MDSC and NMCSD’s Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Lt. Cmdr. Eric Harris. “By having all the players on the spine treatment team seeing patients in close proximity and communicating regularly about patient treatment plans, we have been able to more effectively manage our patients with a wide variety of spinal ailments. We have all the tools in place here to make the logistics of patient care seamless.”
The typical injuries seen at MDSC include everything from low back pain to fractures of the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine. In addition, MDSC treats degenerative conditions of the spine as well as scoliosis and other complex deformities of the entire spine.
“Lt. Cmdr. Harris, Lt. Cmdr. Paul G. Shupe and the entire spinal surgery team, including the corpsman and nurses are top shelf,” said NMCSD patient, Cdr. (Ret) Lawrence F. Guest. “They really take care of you like mom and dad would and I appreciate being able to be seen by Physical Therapy and the surgeon in one visit.”
MDSC currently has the capability to perform nearly 200 surgeries and accommodate approximately 5,000 outpatient encounters per year. NMCSD has the potential to more than double those numbers with two more spine surgeons joining the team and interaction with the sports medicine physicians at the SMART clinics.
“The multidisciplinary approach allows patients to begin care immediately from all angles,” said Kirsten M. Wiley, a physical therapist on the MDSC team.
MDSC is made up of a staff surgeon, resident, nurse, 1-2 corpsman and a physical therapist. MDSC is located in the Physical Therapy Department in building three and open between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Friday along with every second and fourth Thursday’s of the month.
For more information on the spine center or NMCSD visit:http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcsd/Pages/default.aspx