The history of Laser Spine Institute — helping patients and our community
There comes a time in life when we are faced with a problem that we can either choose to change or choose to ignore. For three doctors in Tampa, this time came when they continued to see patients with debilitating neck and back pain who had no reliable options for relief. Unable to ignore the need of so many patients, those three doctors — Dr. James St. Louis, Dr. Glenn Hamburg and Dr. Michael Perry — created a medically advanced, patient-centered option to help relieve chronic neck and back pain: Laser Spine Institute.
What began as one operating room and nine employees has now transformed into 26 operating rooms and more than 1000 employees. To date, Laser Spine Institute has transformed more than 60,000 lives with our minimally invasive spine procedures. As we continue to grow, we remain committed to our deeply personal cause of helping as many patients as possible.
Our goal is to provide quality patient care in a compassionate and warm environment. This culture of care is what defines us at Laser Spine Institute. We are the leader in patient care and minimally invasive spine surgery, and we are constantly striving for advancement in our care and procedures.
Our journey isn’t over. It’s just beginning. As we continue to grow and help more patients, our passion for patient care is only ignited. We welcome you to take this journey with us. Together, we will change lives.
Gourmet food with a purpose — the Give & Grub Café
Each day, our goal is to change lives — a mission that reaches far beyond the walls of our facilities. That’s why Laser Spine Institute partners with Feeding Tampa Bay to fight hunger in the city our headquarters calls home.
What started as a gourmet food truck with an even bigger purpose, Laser Spine Institute’s Give & Grub initiative is evolving to make an even bigger impact on local hunger.
With the Give & Grub Café opening at our corporate headquarters, our employees are sticking with our “you buy one, we give one” goal. For each meal purchased at our Give & Grub Café, we will donate one meal to the hungry children in our community.
According to Feeding Tampa Bay, there are an estimated 700,000 people in west central Florida struggling with hunger — 250,000 of those are children. With the help of our team members and charitable partnerships, Laser Spine Institute can continue to stick it to hunger in Tampa Bay.
Timeline of Laser Spine Institute
March 16, 2005 — Laser Spine Institute officially opens in Tampa, Florida, with three doctors, one operating room and nine employees.
March 23, 2005 — Carl Karnes has surgery, becoming Laser Spine Institute’s first patient. To this day, Carl has relief from his pain and is enjoying life.
January 2006 — Our Tampa facility grows from four to six operating rooms and from 50 employees to 100.
January 2008 — Laser Spine Institute Tampa grows from six to eight operating rooms. That same month, we open a new surgery center in Scottsdale, Arizona, to serve our patients in the Southwest.
November 11, 2009 — Laser Spine Institute expands to Philadelphia to serve our patients in the Northeast.
June 2011 — We open a new Laser Spine Institute surgery center in Oklahoma City.
January 2012 — Laser Spine Institute performs more than 400 surgeries per month with the help of over 450 employees. We continue to be a national leader in spine care.
April 10, 2012 — Laser Spine Institute performs our first minimally invasive stabilization surgery.
June 8, 2012 — Laser Spine Institute performs our first RegenaDISC® procedure.
August 14, 2012 — Laser Spine Institute is awarded the prestigious AAAHC three-year accreditation.
January 7, 2014 — Laser Spine Institute partners with American Chiropractic Association.
December 11, 2014 — A new corporate headquarters, boasting 176,000 square feet with an ambulatory surgery center, breaks ground in Tampa, Florida. That same month, Laser Spine Institute opens a surgery center in Cleveland.
January 12, 2015 — We open Laser Spine Institute St. Louis.
February 5, 2015 — We open Laser Spine Institute Cincinnati.
Early 2016 — Laser Spine Institute’s new corporate headquarters is slated to open in Tampa.