100 hospital and health systems with great neurosurgery and spine programs | 2015

Becker's Hospital Review has named the following organizations to the 2015 edition of its list, "100 hospitals and health systems with great neurosurgery and spine programs."

The organizations on this year's list are remarkable leaders in neurosciences, providing treatment for patients with various brain and spine conditions.

To develop this list, the Becker's Hospital Review selected hospitals for inclusion based on national rankings and awards received from several institutions. For instance, the team examined U.S. News & World Report national and regional rankings for neurology and neurosurgery, CareChex rankings for neurological care, neurosurgery and spine surgery, BlueDistinctionCenter for Spine Surgery designation, Healthgrades awards for spine surgery, neurosurgery and stroke care, and Magnet designation for nursing excellence.

Note: Hospitals cannot pay for inclusion on the list. This list is not a ranking. Organizations are presented in alphabetical order.

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Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis). The John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute at Abbott Northwestern is touted as the leading center for neurological care in the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest. [READ MORE]

Baptist Hospital of Miami (Fla.). Baptist Hospital of Miami is home to the Baptist Health Neuroscience Center. [READ MORE]

Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University (St. Louis). U.S. News and World Report ranked Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University No. 11 in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery for 2015-16. [READ MORE]

Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas). The Baylor Neuroscience Center in Dallas' integrated team of neurologists, neurosurgeons and physiatrists treat various disorders affecting the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous system. [READ MORE]

Baystate Medical Center (Springfield, Mass.). With two separate locations within Baystate Medical Center, the Neurology Laboratory provides neurological testing for inpatient and outpatient adult and pediatric patients. [READ MORE]

Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak (Mich.). U.S. News and World Report ranked Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak No. 25 in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery for 2015-16. [READ MORE]

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital (Charleston, S.C.). Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, part of Roper St. Francis, has a dedicated recovery unit specifically designed for neuro-spine patients. [READ MORE]

Boston Children's Hospital. Boston Children's Hospital is the best hospital in the nation for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2015-16 rankings. [READ MORE]

Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). Brigham and Women's Hospital is one of the top neurology providers in the nation — in fact, U.S. News &  World Report ranked it as No. 6 in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery for 2015-16. [READ MORE]

Carle Foundation Hospital (Urbana, Ill.). This 393-bed hospital has achieved Magnet designation for nursing excellence. [READ MORE]

Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, N.C.). U.S. News & World Report named Carolinas Medical Center as high performing in neurology and neurosurgery for 2015-16, and clinicians within the Carolinas system have treated thousands of pediatric and adult neurological patients. [READ MORE]

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Neurosurgery Department encompasses several specialty centers and programs, including a brain tumor center, a pituitary center and a neurovascular center. [READ MORE] 

CHI St. Luke's Health-Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center (Houston). Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center offers specialized neuro-specific clinical units, including a 20-bed neuro-intensive care unit, a 42-bed neuro acute care unit and dedicated neurosurgical operating room suites. [READ MORE]

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center (Little Rock, Ark.). CHI St. Vincent Infirmary is home to the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute, a community-based neuroscience institute. [READ MORE] 

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The clinicians in CHOP's Division of Neurosurgery treat patients of a range of ages, from infants to 19-year-olds. [READ MORE]

Children's National Medical Center (Washington, D.C.). Children's National Medical Center has more than 30 pediatric neurologists who are part of the largest pediatric neuroscience team in the country, according to the hospital. [READ MORE] 

Christ Hospital (Cincinnati). The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center houses the spine care and neurosurgery offerings of the hospital. [READ MORE]

Christiana Care Health System (Newark, Del.). In its most recent rankings, CareChex ranked Christiana Care in the top 50 nationally for neurological care, neurological surgery and spine surgery. [READ MORE]

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Ranked No. 6 in the nation for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report for 2015-16, clinicians at Cincinnati Children's care for patients with a range of neurologic disorders. [READ MORE]

Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic's Neurological Institute encompasses more than 300 specialists who treat more than 140,000 pediatric and adult patients every year and also conduct research on neurological disorders. [READ MORE]

Cox Medical Center South (Springfield, Mo.). CoxHealth's neuroscience program features the largest private practice neurosurgery group in Missouri and northern Arkansas — Springfield Neurological and Spine Institute. [READ MORE]

Delray Medical Center (Delay Beach, Fla.). Clinicians at Delray Medical Center are extremely experienced in caring for strokes, as the hospital — which is a Joint Commission-designated Primary Stroke Center — has received the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award every year since 2010. [READ MORE]

Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.). U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke University Hospital No. 27 in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery in its 2015-16 rankings. [READ MORE]

Emory University Hospital (Atlanta). Emory's Brain Health Center houses its neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine and sleep programs. [READ MORE]

Evanston (Ill.) Hospital. Healthgrades has given Evanston Hospital its America's 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care Award and its Neurosciences Excellence Award for three years in a row. [READ MORE]

Florida Hospital Orlando. Florida Hospital's Neuroscience Institute was formed in 1998 and is where the hospital treats patients suffering from brain, spine or nervous system disorders. [READ MORE]

Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. HackensackUMC's Comprehensive Stroke Center is one of the busiest in the nation based on patient volume, according to Hackensack: Clinicians there care for more than 1,000 stroke patients annually. [READ MORE]

Harper University Hospital (Detroit). Harper University Hospital, part of Detroit Medical Center, was ranked the No. 45 hospital in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report for 2015-16. [READ MORE]

Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit). The Neuroscience Institute at Henry Ford Health System was established in 1996, and clinicians there have had more than 650,000 patient visits since then. [READ MORE]

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach, Calif.). In spring 2014, Irvine, Calif.-based Hoag launched its Hoag Neurosurgery Spine Program at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. [READ MORE]

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York). Recognized among America's 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery for both 2015 and 2016 by Healthgrades, the Hospital for Special Surgery's spine care institute staffs nearly 40 surgeons and specialists. [READ MORE] 

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). Designated a Blue Distinction Center+ for spine surgery, clinicians at the Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania also perform more than 5,000 neurosurgeries annually. [READ MORE] 

Houston Methodist Hospital. Home to the first multidisciplinary care center in the nation for ALS patients, Houston Methodist was recognized by Healthgrades for excellence in cranial neurosurgery in 2014, 2015 and 2016. [READ MORE] 

Huntington Memorial Hospital (Pasadena, Calif.). Huntington Memorial was one of the first hospitals in Los Angeles County to be designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. [READ MORE] 

IU Health Academic Health Center (Indianapolis). Ranked No. 20 in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery for 2015-16 by U.S. News & World Report, IU Health is accredited by both the National Institute on Aging and the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. [READ MORE]                                                          

Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore). With nine dedicated spine specialty centers, Johns Hopkins Hospital was ranked No. 3 in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery in 2015-2016 by U.S. News & World Report. [READ MORE] 

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (Burlington, Mass.). Home to a number of clinical neurological breakthroughs and ongoing trials, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is designated a Blue Distinction Center+ for spine surgery. [READ MORE] 

Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital. Providing patient care since it opened its doors in 1893, Lancaster General Hospital is ranked among the top 50 in the nation for neurological surgery and among the top 100 in the nation for spinal surgery by CareChex on its most recent lists. [READ MORE] 

Maine Medical Center (Portland). Ranked the No. 1 hospital in Maine for 2015-16 by U.S. News & World Report, Maine Medical Center was the first hospital in the state to earn a Primary Stroke Center distinction from The Joint Commission. [READ MORE]

Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). U.S. News & World Report ranked Massachusetts General Hospital No. 2 in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery in 2015-16. [READ MORE] 

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). In its 2015-16 rankings, U.S. News & World Report named Mayo Clinic Rochester No. 1 in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery. [READ MORE]

Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center (Charleston, S.C.). MUSC Medical Center serves more than 170,000 patients annually as the state's most comprehensive clinical care delivery system. [READ MORE] 

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center (Houston). This Magnet-designated hospital was named one of Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals for 2015. [READ MORE]

Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (Bellaire, Texas). Houston Orthopedic and Spine Hospital was acquired by Memorial Hermann and became Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital earlier this year. [READ MORE] 

Miami Valley Hospital (Dayton, Ohio). This Magnet-recognized hospital is home to a Joint Commission-designated Comprehensive Stroke Center and is a Level I trauma center. [READ MORE]

Mission Hospital (Asheville, N.C.). Mission Hospital is part of Mission Health, the region's only nonprofit, independent community hospital system governed and managed in western North Carolina. [READ MORE] 

Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital (Greensboro, N.C.). The flagship hospital of Cone Health, Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital features both a Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center and a neuroscience center of excellence. [READ MORE]

Mother Frances Hospital (Tyler, Texas). Mother Frances Hospital features a 12-bed neuroscience intensive care unit and a six-bed epilepsy monitoring unit for patients with seizures. [READ MORE]

Mount Sinai Hospital (New York). Mount Sinai Hospital, which is Magnet-recognized for nursing excellence, is ranked as the No. 14 hospital in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery in U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 rankings. [READ MORE]

Munroe Regional Medical Center (Ocala, Fla.). A Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery, Munroe Regional Medical Center is a 421-bed facility that was also named one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation for spine surgery by CareChex. [READ MORE] 

Nebraska Spine Hospital (Omaha). Nebraska Spine Hospital opened its doors in 2010 as a partnership between CHI Health, Surgical Care Affiliates and Nebraska Spine Holdings. [READ MORE]

NewYork-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell (New York). The Neuroscience Centers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital combine the expertise of the Neurological Institute of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Neuroscience Center. [READ MORE] 

North Shore University Hospital (Manhasset, N.Y.). North Shore University Hospital is part of North Shore-LIJ Health System, which is home to the Cushing Neuroscience Institute. [READ MORE]

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago). As part of Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Department of Neurology's physicians are faculty members of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. [READ MORE]

Novant Health Charlotte (N.C.) Orthopedic Hospital. This specialty hospital is well-respected for its spine expertise. For instance, CareChex ranked the hospital in the top 50 nationally for spinal surgery. [READ MORE] 

NYU Langone Medical Center (New York). William A. Hammond, MD, became the first American to dedicate himself solely to practicing neurology in 1867, and he did so at NYU. [READ MORE]

Ochsner Medical Center (New Orleans). Ochsner Medical Center was ranked No. 23 in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery in U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 rankings. [READ MORE] 

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Columbus). Clinicians in OSU Wexner's Brain and Spine division care for patients with a variety of brain and spine disorders, including brain injuries, brain tumors, memory disorders and strokes. [READ MORE] 

OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital (Columbus). This summer, the doors of the OhioHealth Neuroscience Center at the Riverside Methodist Hospital opened for the first time. [READ MORE] 

Oklahoma Spine Hospital (Oklahoma City). This physician-owned hospital was built in 1999 as a collaboration between pain and spine physicians. [READ MORE] 

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center (Bellingham, Wash.). The PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Spine Care Center is a comprehensive spine care program specializing in both minimally invasive and open spine surgeries. [READ MORE] 

Penn State Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center. Not only did U.S. News & World Report rank Penn State Hershey as high-performing in adult neurology and neurosurgery for 2015-16, it also ranked the hospital No. 44 nationally for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery. [READ MORE] 

Providence-Providence Park Hospital (Southfield, Mich.). Providence-Providence Park Hospital, previously Providence Hospital & Medical Center, is part of the St. John Providence health system and a member of Ascension Health, America's largest Catholic and nonprofit health system. [READ MORE] 

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center (Spokane, Wash.). This 644-bed hospital is home to the Providence Neuroscience Center, a comprehensive resource for the treatment of brain and spine injuries, and the region's first Primary Stroke Center as certified by the Joint Commission. [READ MORE] 

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles). UCLA Medical Center's Neurosurgical Training Program dates back to 1955, and since then, the hospital has led the way in the specialty, pioneering surgical treatment of epilepsy and the use of the operative microscope, for instance. [READ MORE] 

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). According to Rush, Rush University Medical Center's neurosurgery consistently has the highest volume of neurosurgical discharges in the Chicagoland area. [READ MORE]

Saint Thomas Hospital for Specialty Surgery (Nashville, Tenn.). This hospital's experienced surgical team — which performs more than 3,000 joint replacement and spine surgeries annually — specializes in spine surgery and has been recognized for excellence in that field. [READ MORE]

Scripps Health (San Diego). Scripps Health offers four Primary Stroke Centers in San Diego, including one at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, the first hospital in North San Diego County to be recognized as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. [READ MORE] 

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Jefferson City (Mo.). This SSM Health hospital is home to the SSM Health Spine & Pain Management Center, which offers rehabilitation, pain management and surgery options for spine conditions. [READ MORE] 

St. Cloud (Minn.) Hospital. St. Cloud Hospital, which is part of CentraCare Health, has garnered multiple awards and recognitions of excellence in neurology, neurosurgery and spine surgery. [READ MORE]

St. David's North Austin (Texas) Medical Center. St. David's North Austin Medical Center features the NeuroTexas Institute, where physicians and neuroscience professionals treat patients with various disorders. [READ MORE] 

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center (Phoenix). St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is part of Dignity Health and is home to the Barrow Neurological Institute, which was founded in 1962. [READ MORE] 

St. Luke's Regional Medical Center (Boise, Idaho). St. Luke's Regional Medical Center is the No. 2 hospital in Idaho, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 rankings. [READ MORE] 

St. Vincent Hospital & Health Services (Indianapolis). This Magnet-recognized hospital has a Spine Center and a Neuroscience Institute. [READ MORE] 

Stanford (Calif.) Health Care-Stanford Hospital. Stanford Hospital is nationally ranked in 13 adult specialties for 2015-16 by U.S. News & World Report, and neurology and neurosurgery is no exception: The hospital is No. 24 in the nation in that specialty. [READ MORE] 

Swedish Medical Center-Cherry Hill (Seattle). The Swedish Neuroscience Institute is located at Swedish Medical Center-Cherry Hill. The institute started in 2004. [READ MORE] 

Texas Children's Hospital (Houston). U.S. News & World Report ranked Texas Children's Hospital in the top 50 nationally in all 10 of its ranked pediatric specialties, naming it No. 2 for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery for 2015-16. [READ MORE] 

Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth. This mission of this Magnet-designated hospital's neurosciences division is to "provide comprehensive, quality treatment for neurological and neurosurgical conditions." [READ MORE] 

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia). The Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, which is within Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, is the only dedicated hospital for neuroscience in the Philadelphia region. [READ MORE] 

Texas Spine and Joint Hospital (Tyler, Texas). In addition to the main Texas Spine & Joint Hospital in Tyler, Texas, TSJH also has an outpatient center in Tyler, a clinic in Longview, Texas, and an urgent care clinic in Tyler. [READ MORE] 

Tulsa (Okla.) Spine & Specialty Hospital. The Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital was founded in December 2002. [READ MORE] 

UC San Diego Medical Center-UC San Diego Health. The No. 1 hospital in the San Diego metro area, according to U.S. News & World Report, UC San Diego Health is home to the UC San Diego Health Neurological Institute. [READ MORE] 

UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco). UCSF Medical Center is home to one of the largest brain tumor treatment programs in the U.S. and one of California's largest cerebrovascular surgery programs. [READ MORE] 

UF Health Shands Hospital (Gainesville, Fla.). Physicians from the UF Department of Neurology, UF Department of Neurosurgery and UF Department of Psychiatry treat patients with a variety of conditions at UF Health Shands Hospital, which lists neuromedicine specialties as one of its "centers of emphasis." [READ MORE] 

University Hospitals Case Medical Center (Cleveland). University Hospitals Neurological Institute contains 14 centers of excellence and more than 100 specialists in neuro-related specialties. [READ MORE] 

University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham. This 1,157-licenced-bed hospital is ranked No. 33 in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery and the No. 1 hospital in Alabama by U.S. News & World Report for 2015-16. [READ MORE] 

University of California Davis Medical Center (Sacramento). UC Davis Medical Center is No. 36 in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 rankings. [READ MORE] 

University of Chicago Medical Center. University of Chicago Medical Center's Center for Care and Discovery, which opened in February 2013, houses the hospital's neuroscience care offerings. [READ MORE] 

University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora). University of Colorado Hospital is home to the only neuro intensive care unit in the state, where most neuro ICU nurses hold designations as critical care registered nurses or certified neuroscience nurses. [READ MORE] 

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City). The only academic medical center in Iowa, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is ranked nationally in both adult (No. 31) and pediatric (No. 49) neurology and neurosurgery. [READ MORE] 

University of Kansas Hospital (Kansas City). The University of Kansas Hospital boasts its Center for Advanced Brain and Neurological Care, which offers treatment for brain aneurysms, strokes, tumors and traumatic injuries as wells as spine, seizure and movement conditions. [READ MORE]

University of Michigan Health System (Ann Arbor). The neuroscience team at University of Michigan Health System consists of more than 70 neurologists and neurosurgeons who specialize in multiple areas, including brain cancer and tumors, movement disorders and strokes. [READ MORE] 

University of Virginia Medical Center (Charlottesville). The UVA Neurosciences Center has several areas of focus, including neurodegenerative diseases, neuro-oncology, a stroke center and a spine center. [READ MORE]

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (Madison). UW Health is an innovator in spine care, as UW Health physicians were the first in the world to perform laparoscopic-instrumented spinal fusions. [READ MORE] 

UPMC (Pittsburgh). UPMC's neurosurgery department is the largest academic neurosurgical provider in the U.S. — clinicians there perform more than 11,000 procedures each year. [READ MORE] 

UR Medicine Strong Memorial Hospital (Rochester, N.Y.). Part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital is the No. 1 hospital in the Rochester metro area, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 rankings. [READ MORE] 

Valley Medical Center (Renton, Wash.). Valley Medical Center is part of UW Medicine and is home to the Neuroscience Institute, where neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists and other specialists collaborate to treat patients. [READ MORE] 

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.). Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Department of Neurology is among the top 20 nationally for National Institutes of Health funding for research. [READ MORE] 

Via Christi Hospital St. Francis (Wichita, Kan.). Via Christi Hospital St. Francis features the region's only 24/7 neuro-interventional center and has held Joint Commission certification as a Primary Stroke Center since December 2005. [READ MORE] 

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.). This Magnet-designated hospital was ranked in the top 50 nationally for neurology and neurosurgery in U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 rankings. [READ MORE]

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