• About our Spine Center of Excellence

  • The region’s leader in spine surgery.Recommond-Mercy_Spine.jpg

    When you’re faced with a chronic spine condition, you want to choose a specialized center with a track record of excellent outcomes and outstanding customer care. The Spine Center of Excellence at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango is just that, which is why we’re the region’s leader in spine surgery.

    History & overview

    The Spine Center of Excellence began in 2005 when surgeons and staff at Mercy Regional Medical Center began working collaboratively to improve clinical quality, patient satisfaction, and outcomes. The team reviewed the entire surgery process from the perspective of the patient, not the caregivers, and redesigned it to better meet patients’ needs. With its state-of-the-art technology, private patient rooms, and healing environment, our spine surgery services flourish as a Center of Excellence.

    Hallmarks of the program include:

    • Efficient care that is seamless between the surgeon's office and the hospital
    • Standardization of clinical protocols from provider to provider
    • Excellent clinical outcomes
    • Valued patient amenities
    • Exceptional customer service

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  • 2016 Spine HG AwardHealthgrades®, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, has recognized Mercy’s spine surgery as:

    • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™ for 4 Years in a Row (2013-2016)
    • Spine Surgery Excellence Award™ for 4 Years in a Row (2013-2016)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Back Surgery™ for 2 Years in a Row (2015-2016)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery™ for 5 Years in a Row (2012-2016)

    Mercy is a full-service regional medical center with more than 200 board-certified physicians who represent over 53 medical specialties.

    Our fellowship-trained, board-certified spine surgeons and orthopedic-certified nurses who participate in Mercy's Spine Center of Excellence are committed to research, education, and device innovation.



    We continuously monitor a host of quality indicators to ensure the level of care we provide is exceptional. Our goal is simple: excellent clinical care and continuous improvement. The entire team reviews quality data every quarter, identifying best practices and looking for opportunities to improve standards of care and customer service. By reducing variability in standards of care among participating providers, we are able to more quickly identify and adopt best practices. Low patient-to-nurse ratios ensure each patient gets the personalized attention and nursing care they deserve.



    Innovative procedures performed at the Mercy Spine Center of Excellence include minimally invasive artificial disc replacement, less invasive lateral approach spinal fusion (X-LIF), and other surgical procedures. The hospital also has been selected to participate in several national clinical trials for next-generation, spine surgery devices.

    The hospital features the latest surgical technologies including state-of-the-art operating state-of-the-art operating theaters, digital radiography, electronic medical records, 64-slice CT, 1.5T high-definition MRI, and more.

    HG_Outstanding_Patient_Experience_Award_Image_2014_webPatient satisfaction scores reported through independent organizations, including HealthStream Research and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, consistently rank Mercy among the nation’s top hospitals.

    Healthgrades®, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, has recognized Mercy Regional Medical Center as recipient of the 2014 Healthgrades® Outstanding Patient Experience™, Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for 6 Years in a Row (2009/2010-2014).

    Patient-Graph.jpgWhen it comes to surgery, we believe Center of Excellence patients are the most important members of the team. Through extensive patient education and thorough communication, we ensure that our patients and their coaches know exactly what to expect and what is expected of them.

    Personalized, thorough pre-operative education is essential, as well-informed patients have better outcomes. Because patients’ time is valuable, pre-operative education and testing are done in one day, so patients travel to the hospital only once. 

    Patients receive detailed, educational notebooks that explain everything they need to know about their procedure and what to do before and after their surgery. Newsletters and in-room posters outline daily goals for recovering patients so they know what to expect and what their daily recovery goals are.

    The hospital’s private, tastefully decorated patient rooms and quiet, healing environment imbue a sense of wellness and comfort that promotes healing of body, mind, and spirit. Patient rooms include:

    • A private patient room with flat-panel television
    • Daily gourmet meals
    • A fresh flower to brighten their stay
    • A hand-made lap blanket
    • A spill-proof water bottle for rehab and to take home
    • A tote bag
    We believe in and have seen the benefits of treating the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Our Integrative Care Services team helps patients develop a personalized surgical plan that empowers patients to make certain choices that can enhance their surgical experience. Through our TLC program, music therapy, gentle massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture, and prayer or mediation are available to patients before or after surgery, at no charge. Research has shown these therapies can reduce anxiety and a patient’s perception of pain.
    Mercy Regional Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital that has been an important part of southwest Colorado since 1882. It is part of Centura Health in Englewood, Colorado, the region’s largest health care network.
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