Dedicated to innovation
It is my honor to proudly introduce Laser Spine Institute’s new ambulatory surgery center and corporate headquarters here in Tampa. The “new” portion of this message is most important, because not only have we identified better ways to serve our patients, we are doing it.
Innovation is an essential part of our patient-first philosophy. For too long, patients who needed neck or back surgery have been forced into a traditional route. Treatment was provided in a standard hospital setting, where larger incisions meant longer recovery periods. And the total cost of surgery was much higher, too. Our founders had a vision when they created Laser Spine Institute, to substantially improve the surgical procedures in order to achieve remarkable improvements in the patient’s experience, including less discomfort and much faster recovery times.
This innovative spirit has helped our medical team to make remarkable strides. As Chairman of Laser Spine Institute’s Department of Surgery and an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon myself, it’s my job to ensure that our team of skilled surgeons carries out our patient-centric care model each and every day. But equally important, we must actively seek out opportunities to continue to improve. Toward that end, we have formed a Medical Research and Innovation Team, comprising physicians, medical operations leaders and technology professionals. Each week, that team meets to rigorously review innovative technologies, analyze processes and seek out new efficiencies. Once a new technology or process is selected, it first undergoes extensive research studies that validate its efficacy, safety and patient benefit. Additionally, each new process is confirmed in advanced clinical trials.
These steps are a direct reflection of our commitment to innovation and our dedication to continued improvement. Although we have experienced very meaningful success in our clinical trials, we never say it is good enough; we always ask, “How can we make it even better?” And now we have translated each learning, efficiency, and technology advance into every beam, bolt and brick of our new facility. This isn’t just more space, it’s a better space.
Within these new walls, we’ve also committed to tripling our research infrastructure. It is an investment in the future; an investment that demonstrates our commitment to asking “What’s next?” But, more importantly, it’s an investment that reflects our ultimate goal — getting our patients back to doing the things they love with the people they love. And so, to our patients, past, present, and future, on behalf of all of us at Laser Spine Institute, a warm welcome to our new home.
Michael C. Weiss, D.O., FAOAO
Chairman, Department of Surgery
Orthopedic Spine Surgeon