USA spine centre looks to attract medical travellers

Work begins in Jacksonville, Florida, on the city’s largest freestanding multispecialty surgery centre. Aimed at attracting more domestic and international medical tourists to the area, the US$25 million project will offer patients neurosurgical, interventional pain management, orthopaedic, gastrointestinal, oral, and maxillofacial, surgical, and gynaecological care.

Jax Spine and Pain Centres, in collaboration with UF Health Jacksonville, has begun work on the multispecialty surgery centre and medical office building.

The Centurion Surgery Centre, near the University of North Florida, will be in a new three-storey, medical facility with 12 outpatient operating suites and procedure rooms. It should be completed in spring 2022.

UF Health Jacksonville physicians will have access to the facility to provide outpatient surgical procedures and meet with patients in the medical office buildings.

Jax Spine & Pain Centres has six locations in North Florida and South Georgia. It focuses on spinal conditions, fractures, migraines facial pain, fibromyalgia and herniated discs.

Jacksonville, Florida is a well-known destination for treating medical tourists from across the USA and many overseas countries. Operating from the city, the Mayo Clinic treats 20,000 patients from other parts of Florida plus another 20,000 patients from outside the state, either from within the USA or outside it.

The target for the Mayo Clinic is the 38 million people who live within a one-hour flight range of Jacksonville. The Clinic is expanding into other cutting-edge areas to attract more patients for treatment. It also offers organ transplants and a lung restoration centre. On regenerative medicine, it is increasing its focus on stem cell-based therapies, with an emphasis on ensuring the quality and effectiveness of those treatments. The cancer centre is investing in more aggressive methods of targeting cancer cells, including nanomedicine, immunotherapy. Sports medicine is also seen as an expanding area.