-- New Quiron San Jaime Spine Center is one of the first spine centers of excellence in EU and UK to provide patients access to comprehensive surgical and non-surgical spine care
SAN DIEGO and ALICANTE, Spain, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Quiron Hospital Group, the largest private hospital network in Spain, and SpineMark Corporation, a developer of spine centers of excellence (COE) and spine research organizations, have announced the grand opening of the Quiron San Jaime Spine Center at Quiron's San Jaime Hospital in Torrevieja, Spain. This center is SpineMark's first international site, and is the first spine COE in Spain, the European Union and United Kingdom.
The new center, developed around SpineMark's patient-centric focused COE model, incorporates a comprehensive delivery system of services, including surgical, non-surgical, allied health and diagnostic components for spine care with a focus on minimally invasive and complex surgery for spinal deformities.
To deliver the most effective treatment for patients with spinal conditions, the Quiron San Jaime Spine Center has recruited 15 physician specialists to provide comprehensive, coordinated and conservative care from diagnosis to discharge. Quality will be measured by SpineMark's Spine Protocol Management System. Quiron and SpineMark leaders anticipate the spine center will become the leading provider of spine services in Spain and a destination site for medical tourists, and private patients and the citizens of Spain.
"More than 90 percent of Spanish people experience back pain at least once during their life," says Dr. Rafael Gimenez Perez, Director Territorial Area de Levante, Grupo Hospitalario Quiron. "We developed the Quiron San Jaime Spine Center in partnership with SpineMark and its physician advisors to meet the specialized needs of these patients and provide the most advanced care."
The approach to treatment provided by the spine center specialists will be advanced through participation in spine research studies, clinical trials and medical education programs under an affiliated SpineMark Spine Research Organization.
"This project is a significant milestone for the community, region and country as well as SpineMark," says Marcy Rogers, president and CEO of SpineMark. "It provides the people of Spain access to a clinically-proven model that had not existed in their country until now and provides a setting for patients throughout Europe and the world to receive the most innovative treatments."
Dr. Behrooz Akbarnia, a leading spinal deformity surgeon from California, United States, will travel to Torrevieja for opening of the spine center to work with the physicians and surgeons at the hospital for training, mentoring and research.
"The Quiron San Jaime Spine Center provides an optimal setting for medical professionals to gather and explore more effective treatment methods," says Dr. Akbarnia. "I look forward to collaborating with Spain's medical leaders to make new inroads in the fight against spine disease."
The grand opening will take place March 11-13, 2013. The medical community and general public are invited to tour the facility and partake in lectures from the Quiron San Jaime Spine Center surgical team and Dr. Akbarnia about recent advances in spine.