$4.8M joint-venture spine ASC wins approval

Practice Management

ChristianaCare and Delaware Neurosurgical Group, both in Newark, Del., received approval for a joint venture spine surgery center at ChristianaCare's Wilmington, Del., campus.

The ASC, named Center for Spine Surgery, will be a 50-50 partnership and cost $4.8 million in capital expenses. The governing board will include three people from each organization.

Six operating rooms, six overnight rooms, a postoperative recovery space and 23-hour stay capacity for spine surgical patients are planned for the surgery center.

The center will allow surgeons to perform the full spectrum of spine procedures, including injections, laminectomies and complex procedures such as multilevel cervical fusions, posterior cervical, thoracic and lumbar fusions.

Inpatient spine surgery at ChristianaCare will remain available for patients who need urgent or emergency care, and for cases where outpatient spine surgery is not medically appropriate, according to a Feb. 25 news release.

ChristianaCare and Delaware Neurosurgical Group said they expect the new ASC to achieve about $13.6 million in cost savings during its first year of operation.

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