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Archive Surgical Construction 2020

The Ritz Carlton of Spine

DISC Surgery Center in Newport Beach, Calif., combines perfect form with plenty of function.

Karen Reiter

Karen Reiter, RN, CNOR, RNFA


BACKBONE OF SUCCESS Renowned spine surgeon Robert Bray, MD (left), launched DISC Sports & Spine Center in 2006 and has since expanded the state-of-the-art practice to Southern California.

When it was time to expand our spine practice to meet an increase in case volume, we wanted to build a surgical facility where surgeons could perform innovative outpatient care. Our new 12,000-square-foot, two-OR surgery center has the look and feel of a 5-star hotel, but behind the beautiful fa├žade lies the framework of a technologically advanced facility designed to deliver state-of-the-art spinal care. OSM

Sight to behold

Sight to behold

We were fortunate to take over the empty shell of a former bank with 30-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows in the patient waiting room and windows that ring the top of the hallway in the central core. The entire facility feels bright and airy, and is filled with tons of natural light.

Dedicated environment

Dedicated environment

Each of the center's two ORs is 1,000 square feet, large enough for the staff and equipment needed to perform complex spine cases. The facility's HVAC unit is a sealed system that covers the entire ASC. Every air exchange goes through pre- and post-HEPA filters and is treated with ultraviolet light. The advanced system was a significant expense that goes unseen, but it has contributed to our zero infection rate.

Warm welcomes

Warm welcomes

Patients are admitted to private rooms outfitted with monitoring equipment, a hospital-grade bed with an extra thick mattress and a recliner where recovering patients can sit upright to recuperate. Although most patients are discharged three to six hours after surgery, we included a chair that folds out into a bed in case a family member wants to stay with a recovering patient who needs to spend the night.

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