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"I f you build it, they will come." That famous statement about building baseball fields in Iowa also applies to constructing new spine centers. With recent technological advances, short- er procedure and recovery times, not to mention a patient population that's wary of staying overnight in a hospital, now is the time to capitalize on the surging demand for outpatient spine surgery. Worth the wait UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center (YVMC), located in Steamboat Springs, Colo., had wanted to open an ambulatory surgery center for almost 20 years. The right opportunity finally came when it formed a partnership in early 2019 with Steamboat Orthopaedic & Spine Institute (SOSI). After a year of renovating a former Sports Authority location, the 27,000-square-foot building is unrecognizable from its former incarnation as a sporting goods retailer. The first floor houses the surgery center, and the second floor, home to the SOSI offices, has a waiting room with spectacular views of Steamboat Resort and Fish Creek Falls. It also offers two high- definition X-ray machines, which deliver images in extraordinary anatomical detail and reduce radiologi- cal exposure for patients and staff. The facility gives patients a one-stop shop for orthopedic care: surgery, occupational therapy, X- ray, MRI, physical therapy, pain management injec- tions and clinic appointments. Plus, the location was perfect — YVMC recognized the growing need for a multispecialty orthopedic center in a community that could serve residents and tourists. "Being associated with a local world-class ski resort, we're able to serve the local community and tourists from around the world," says Soniya Fidler, president of YVMC. "We're really proud that we're able to offer high-qual- ity, low-cost options to the communities we serve." The building had sat empty for about three years prior to construction, so it needed a fair number of renovations and restructuring in order 1 6 • S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 1 Danielle Bouchat-Friedman | Associate Editor Starting a Spine Center From Scratch Timing, location and plenty of physician involvement ultimately dictate the success of the project. CLEAR VIEW Clint Devin, MD, and his physician assistant Jessica Nyquist, PA-C, team up during surgery at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center. UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center

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