Christiana Care, Delaware Neurological announce outpatient spinal surgery venture


ChristianaCare  and Delaware Neurosurgical Group, PA announced a joint venture partnership to develop a spine surgery center at the Roxana Cannon Arsht Surgicenter on ChristianaCare’s Wilmington Hospital campus.

The new center will focus on delivering high-quality care  for patients who need spine surgery, with  efficient operations that enable the delivery of spine care at affordable costs, a release stated. 

The name of the new partnership will be the Center for Spine Surgery, LLC. 

The Center for Spine Surgery will be owned equally (50-50) by ChristianaCare and Delaware Neurosurgical Group, PA. The governing board will consist of three individuals from each organization.

“This partnership is about delivering the right care, at the right place, with an expert team and an unwavering focus on value,” said Ken Silverstein, M.D., chief physician executive of ChristianaCare. “It builds on a long history of collaboration between two expert teams — ChristianaCare and Delaware Neurosurgical Group. The partnership will provide our community with access to high-quality spinal care and pain management services at a much lower cost. And we’re proud to launch this new service at the Roxana Cannon Arsht Surgicenter in the heart of Wilmington, which has been delivering an outstanding surgical experience for decades.”

“We are thrilled to partner with ChristianaCare to deliver comprehensive spine surgical services in the Roxana Cannon Arsht Surgicenter,” said Pawan Rastogi, M.D., board president for Center for Spine Surgery, LLC. “Our patients will continue to experience exceptional physician expertise, comprehensive services and a strong commitment to making a significant difference in their day-to-day lives.”


The  mission

  • Enhance quality of care by solely focusing on outpatient spine surgical procedures that reduce health risks and increase patient comfort.
  • Decrease costs of care by transitioning appropriate spine surgeries that are currently all performed in an acute hospital setting to an  outpatient setting.
  • Increase access and care coordination with a single focus by caring for patients only in need of spine surgical procedures and treatment.
  • Serve as an ideal location for surgeons in the community to schedule spine surgical procedures.

The Center for Spine Surgery will have six operating rooms, six overnight rooms, a post-surgical recovery space and 23-hour stay capacity for spine surgical patients. It will perform a full range of spine procedures including injections, laminectomies and more complex procedures such as, but not limited to, multilevel cervical fusions, posterior cervical, thoracic and lumbar fusions.

The establishment of the Center for Spine Surgery is reflective of the national industry shift from inpatient surgeries to outpatient surgeries to improve patient access and achieve reductions in health care costs. During the first year of operation, the Center for Spine Surgery expects to achieve approximately $13.6 million cost savings in Delaware.

Inpatient spine surgery at ChristianaCare will remain available for people who need urgent or emergency care, and for cases in which outpatient spine surgery is not medically appropriate.