100 hospitals & health systems with great neurosurgery and spine programs | 2017

Becker's Healthcare named the following organizations to the 2017 edition of its list "100 hospitals and health systems with great neurosurgery and spine programs."

The organizations featured on this year's list have extensive neuroscience and spine programs, providing treatment and cutting edge research into neurosurgical disorders. Many hospitals and health systems featured have earned top honors for medical excellence, outcomes and patient experience in their spine and brain surgery departments.

To develop this list, the Becker's Healthcare editorial team examined national rankings and awards for neurosurgery, neurological care and spine surgery. The editorial team examined U.S. News & World Report national rankings for neurology and neurosurgery; CareChex national and regional rankings for neurological care and Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery designation to develop this list. Please contact Laura Dyrda at ldyrda@beckershealthcare.com with any questions about this list.

Note: Hospitals cannot pay for inclusion on this list. Organizations are presented in alphabetical order.

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Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis). Abbott Northwestern's Spine Institute treats more than 4,000 patients annually and performs the highest volume of spine procedures of any hospital in the U.S. [CLICK HERE]

Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. As a hospital dedicated to pediatric care, Lurie Children's neurosurgery division surgeons perform about 1,000 surgeries annually. [CLICK HERE]

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center (Medford, Ore.). Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center is the only Det Norske Veritas-certified primary stroke center, noted for following best practices to fast-track stroke patients to surgeons who can bring immediate attention to their most pressing issues. [CLICK HERE]

Banner Health (Phoenix). Banner Health is known for research into neurological conditions including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease through the Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City, Ariz. [CLICK HERE]

Baptist Health South Florida (Miami). Baptist Health Neuroscience Center provides neurosurgery and neurology services to patients across Baptist Health South Florida's network. [CLICK HERE]

Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University (St. Louis). The Barnes-Jewish & Washington University Spine Center is one of the largest spine care practices in the U.S., with four neurospine surgeons and five orthopedic spine surgeons on staff. [CLICK HERE]

Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas). Baylor University Medical Center houses the Baylor Neuroscience Center, which is one of the few facilities in Texas treating complex lesions in and around the skull base. [CLICK HERE]

Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak (Mich.). Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak unveiled its $22 million Neuroscience Center in 2014, which includes 11 hospital-based clinics. [CLICK HERE]

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital (Charleston, S.C.). Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, part of the three-hospital Roper St. Francis health system, houses the Roper St. Francis Brain & Spine Tumor Clinic. [CLICK HERE]

Boston Children's Hospital. In 1929, Boston Children's became the first pediatric hospital to launch a child-focused neurology service line, which has grown to include more than 40 specialized programs and 60-plus pediatric neurologists. [CLICK HERE]

Boston Medical Center. The department of neurosurgery at the 487-bed Boston Medical Center was established in 1968 and has since grown to include treatment for diseases and disorders of the brain, nerves, spine and spinal cord. [CLICK HERE]

Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). Dr. Harvey Cushing founded the neurosurgery department at Brigham and Women's Hospital in 1913 and the department has grown to include 22 clinical neurosurgeons, 17 Boston-based Harvard Medical School residents and 150-plus staff members. [CLICK HERE]

Cabell Huntington (W.Va.) Hospital. CareChex ranked Cabell Huntington Hospital No. 19 in the nation for quality in neurosurgery for 2018. [CLICK HERE]

Carle Foundation Hospital (Urbana, Ill.). Physicians on the Carle Neuroscience Institute's neurosurgical team were among the first neurosurgeons to record meningiomas, brain tumors that grow very slowly or not at all. [CLICK HERE]

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). Each year, Cedars-Sinai Spine Center affiliated physicians perform 95 percent of their 2,000-plus procedures at the hospital, including hundreds of spinal fusions. [CLICK HERE]

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. More than 25,000 children visit Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's neurology department annually to receive care from the No. 2 pediatric hospital in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 rankings. [CLICK HERE]

The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati). Opened in 2016, The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center houses 12 operating rooms and 87 private inpatient rooms to optimize patient care and experience.  [CLICK HERE]

Christiana Care Health System (Newark, Del.). Christiana Care Health System's Christiana Hospital Bank of America Pavilion is home to a 30-bed spine unit where surgeons perform about 2,400 spinal surgeries every year. [CLICK HERE]

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Cincinnati Children's Hospital neurosurgeons collaborate with the medical center's wide range of medical specialists to treat neurological disorders in children. [CLICK HERE]

Cleveland Clinic. The Neurological Institute at Cleveland Clinic includes 300-plus medical, surgical and research specialists who treat around 140,000 patients annually. [CLICK HERE]

Dignity Health (San Francisco). Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California offers comprehensive spine care treatment at eight acute care hospital sites in the Dignity system. [CLICK HERE]

Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.). Duke University Hospital surgeons maintain a busy spine center, performing more than 1,200 spine surgeries annually. [CLICK HERE]

East Cooper Medical Center (Mount Pleasant, S.C.). Eight spine surgeons affiliated with Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based Southeastern Spine Institute, Charleston, S.C.-based Wildstein Spine Center and Mount Pleasant-based Signe Spine & Rehab provide care at East Cooper Medical Center. [CLICK HERE]

Emory University Hospital (Atlanta). Emory University Hospital, the flagship institution for Emory Healthcare, boasts comprehensive neurosurgery and spine programs with national recognition. [CLICK HERE]

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin has a reputation for engaging in cutting-edge neurosurgical and spine research to bring patients the most advanced care possible. [CLICK HERE]

Geisinger (Danville, Pa.). Geisinger's 17 neurosurgeons provide care to more than 3.3 million patients across 43 counties in Pennsylvania. [CLICK HERE]

Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. Hackensack University Medical Center staffs 30 neurosurgeons and 10 spine surgeons who perform more than 2,000 cases annually. [CLICK HERE]

Harper University Hospital (Detroit). With eight neurosurgeons skilled in brain and spinal surgery, Harper University Hospital is able to stay at the forefront of simple and complex spinal and neurological procedures. [CLICK HERE] 

Hoag (Newport Beach, Calif.). Hoag, a three-hospital health system with membership in the St. Joseph Hoag Health Alliance, supports a comprehensive neurosurgery spine program with 16 physician leaders who oversee a variety of related services. [CLICK HERE] 

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York). Hospital for Special Surgery, a prestigious musculoskeletal care institution, staffs 19 spine surgeons and 23 spine care physicians who perform around 3,500 spine cases per year. [CLICK HERE]

Houston Methodist Hospital. In 2016, Houston Methodist Hospital's 19 spine and neurosurgeons completed 3,965 cases, nearing capacity for its current facilities. [CLICK HERE]

Huntington Hospital (Pasadena, Calif.). As a 619-bed nonprofit independent hospital, Huntington Hospital offers the full spectrum of spine and neurologic care. [CLICK HERE]

IU Health (Indianapolis). IU Health and Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine — created by the merger of Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group and the Indiana University department of neurological surgery — include 35 spine and neurosurgeons who performed 5,543 cases in 2016. [CLICK HERE] 

Jefferson Health (Philadelphia). Jefferson Health spine and neurosurgeons perform more than 4,500 spine procedures annually. [CLICK HERE]

Johns Hopkins Health System (Baltimore). The Johns Hopkins Health System, a three-hospital system based in Baltimore, is home to the 15-physician Neurosurgical Spine Center, which aims to stay at the forefront of patient care. [CLICK HERE]

Kansas Spine & Specialty Hospital (Witchita). Kansas Spine & Specialty Hospital is a physician-owned hospital founded in 2003 with six neurosurgeons invested in providing spine and brain surgery for their patients. [CLICK HERE]

Lancaster (Pa.) General Health. A member of Penn Medicine, Lancaster General Health provides neurological care through the Lancaster Health Neuroscience Institute, a 22,000-square-foot, $1.4 million facility that offers a consolidated approach to neurosurgical and spinal care. [CLICK HERE]

Larkin Community Hospital (South Miami, Fla.). The Miami Neuroscience Center at Larkin, created when the 23-member Miami Neuroscience Center moved to Larkin from South Miami-based Baptist Health South Florida, includes a Gamma Knife team that has performed more than 7,000 procedures since 1993. [CLICK HERE]

Los Alamitos (Calif.) Medical Center. Since its founding in 1968, Los Alamitos Medical Center has grown into a 167-bed acute care facility that houses an interventional stroke center and orthopedics service. [CLICK HERE]

Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). The 32 neurosurgeons who comprise Massachusetts General Hospital's neurosurgery department treat between 70 and 90 patients per day, an impressive volume for any institution. [CLICK HERE]

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Mayo Clinic tops U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 rankings of best hospitals for adult neurology and neurosurgery in the nation. Mayo Clinic's Minnesota campus includes 13 spine and neurosurgeons — seven specializing in neurosurgery and six in orthopedic spine — who are engaged in nine open neurosurgery-related studies. [CLICK HERE]

Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center (Charleston). Sixteen physicians specializing in neurological and spine care compose the Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center's neuroscience services. [CLICK HERE] 

MedStar Health (Columbia, Md.). MedStar Health aims to stay at the forefront of neurological and spine research and treatment with a comprehensive department dedicated to furthering patient care. [CLICK HERE]

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (Houston). Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is home to the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, which saw 5,347 patients in 2017. [CLICK HERE]

Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital (New York City). Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital's department of neurosurgery, which specializes in surgical care for central nervous system tumors, is composed of three brain surgeons and two spine surgeons who performed nearly 1,000 operations in 2017. [CLICK HERE]

Methodist Stone Oak Hospital (San Antonio). Methodist Stone Oak Hospital, a 140-bed facility established in 2009, is home to the Texas Neurosciences Institute with 39 beds dedicated to PCU/stroke care, 34 surgical beds and 20 ICU beds. [CLICK HERE]

Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital (Greensboro, N.C.). Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, the flagship facility of Cone Health, a six-hospital nonprofit health system, is home to the Cone Health Neurosciences Center of Excellence, which employs 12 board-certified neurosurgeons who cover a wide variety of neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease and stroke care. [CLICK HERE]

Mount Sinai Health System (New York City). The Spine Program at Mount Sinai Health System was established in 2003, and due to an increasing demand for excellent spine care, Mount Sinai opened The Spine Hospital in 2014. [CLICK HERE]

Naples (Fla.) Community Hospital. Naples Community Hospital is a two-hospital, 716-bed health system known for its orthopedic and stroke care. [CLICK HERE]

Nebraska Spine Hospital (Omaha). Nebraska Spine Hospital, which was opened as a five-party joint venture in 2010, focuses exclusively on the diagnosis, treatment and recovery of patients with spinal conditions. [CLICK HERE]

NewYork-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell (New York City). The Neuroscience Centers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are managed as a partnership between the Neurological Institute of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Neuroscience Center. [CLICK HERE]

North Austin (Texas) Medical Center. North Austin Medical Center is part of St. David's HealthCare system. St. David's Neuroscience & Spine Institute services are seamlessly provided throughout St. David's facilities, including at North Austin Medical Center. [CLICK HERE]

Norton Healthcare (Louisville, Ky.). Norton Healthcare, a nonprofit system consisting of five Louisville hospitals with 1,837 licensed beds, provides neurological services through the Norton Neuroscience Institute and the Norton Leatherman Spine Center, which were both founded in 2009. [CLICK HERE]

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago). Northwestern Memorial Hospital, part of Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine, serves neurology patients through the department of neurological surgery and its Northwestern Medicine Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute, which was renamed in November 2017. [CLICK HERE]

NYU Langone Medical Center (New York City). NYU Langone Medical Center's neurosurgical volume has more than doubled in the last five years. [CLICK HERE]

Ochsner Medical Center (New Orleans). Ochsner Medical Center is home to the Ochsner Neuroscience Institute, which employs nine neurosurgeons. [CLICK HERE]

OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital (Columbus). OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus-based OhioHealth's 1,059-bed teaching hospital, is home to the OhioHealth Neuroscience Center. [CLICK HERE]

OHSU Hospital (Portland, Ore.). OHSU Hospital, established in 1975, has grown to include the Brain Institute for treating simple and complex neurological disorders. [CLICK HERE]

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Columbus). Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Neurological Institute sees more than 280,000 patients annually, and surgeons perform more than 4,500 surgeries per year — which is a 30 percent jump in surgical volume since 2013. [CLICK HERE]

Penn Medicine (Philadelphia). Established in 1871, Penn Medicine's neurology department is among the oldest in the country. [CLICK HERE]

Providence St. Mary Medical Center (Walla Walla, Wash.). Providence St. Mary Medical Center is home to the Providence St. Mary Neuroscience Institute, which contains the Regional Spine Center. [CLICK HERE]

Reading Hospital (West Reading, Pa.). Reading Hospital, a 647-bed hospital, has a neurocritical care unit that specializes in emergency brain and spine care. [CLICK HERE]

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles). Originally founded in 1995, the now-520-bed Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is operated by the University of California Board of Regents. [CLICK HERE]

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). The Rush University Medical Center department of neurological surgery's spine team is led by Vincent Traynelis, MD, a former president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and Cervical Spine Research Society, and includes renowned spine surgeon Richard Fessler, MD, who was the first physician in the U.S. to perform human embryonic spinal cord transplantation. [CLICK HERE]

Saddleback Medical Center (Laguna Hills, Calif.). The Center for Spine Health at Saddleback Medical Center, a MemorialCare affiliate, provides inpatient and outpatient spine care across Orange County. [CLICK HERE]

Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City (Mo.). With a team of four neurosurgeons, Saint Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute covers the full spectrum of neurological procedures. [CLICK HERE]

Saint Thomas Hospital for Specialty Surgery (Nashville, Tenn.). Saint Thomas Health is a faith-based nonprofit health system that includes eight hospitals in addition to Saint Thomas Hospital for Specialty Surgery, which houses a comprehensive spine care program. [CLICK HERE]

Scripps Health (San Diego). Scripps Health aims to stay at the cutting edge of spine and neurosurgery procedures with a comprehensive offering that includes artificial disc replacement and vagus nerve stimulation for epilepsy. [CLICK HERE]

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center (Phoenix). The Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, a Dignity Health affiliate, has a 50-plus year history providing neurosurgery and spine care. [CLICK HERE]

St. Louis Children's Hospital-Washington University. St. Louis Children's Hospital, in partnership with St. Louis-based Washington University, provides neurosurgical care for patients from 47 states and 58 countries across the world. [CLICK HERE]

St. Luke's Regional Medical Center (Boise, Idaho). St. Luke's Regional Medical Center's spine care team includes 13 providers who practice out of four locations across Boise. [CLICK HERE]

Community Healthcare System (Hobart, Ind.). In November, Community Healthcare's St. Mary Medical Center broke ground on a new 27,000-square-foot Community Neuroscience & Sports Medicine Center. [CLICK HERE]

Stanford (Calif.) Health Care. Stanford Health Care's neurosurgery department comprises 60 surgeons and research faculty who perform around 4,000 neurosurgical operations per year. [CLICK HERE]

Sutter Health (Sacramento, Calif.). Sutter Health's Neuroscience Institute's three California locations in Sacramento, San Francisco and East Bay provide convenient neurological and spine services as well as clinical trials. [CLICK HERE]

Texas Children's Hospital (Houston). As pioneers in neurosurgical treatment for infants and children with neurological disease, Texas Children's Hospital pediatric neurosurgeons were the first in the world to use real-time MRI-guided thermal imaging and laser technology to treat brain lesions that cause epilepsy and uncontrolled seizures. [CLICK HERE]

Texas Spine and Joint Hospital (Tyler). Texas Spine and Joint Hospital is a physician-owned facility that focuses on orthopedic and spine care. [CLICK HERE]

Tucson (Ariz.) Medical Center. Tucson Medical Center is considered a regional leader in spine surgery, with specialists performing around 1,000 spine operations per year. [CLICK HERE]

UC San Diego Health. UC San Diego's Neurological Institute provides comprehensive treatment for and research on neurological disorders and diseases. [CLICK HERE]

UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco). The UCSF Medical Center Spine Center treats around 10,000 patients annually, making it among the largest spine centers in the country. [CLICK HERE]

UF Health (Gainesville, Fla.). UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital was designed for neurosurgery patients and includes three neurosurgery ORs, two neurosurgery hybrid interventional ORs and 48 private ICU patient rooms. [CLICK HERE]

United Health Services (Johnson City, N.Y.). University Health Services, a four-hospital health system, offers a range of minimally invasive surgical procedures and interventional pain management services; its UHS Wilson Medical Center includes spinal cord stimulation with 10,000 hertz, making it one of the most comprehensive neuromodulation centers in the country. [CLICK HERE]

University Hospitals. (Cleveland). University Hospitals' Neurological Institute offers 14 centers of excellence with more than 100 trained specialists covering neurosurgery, neurology, neuro-oncology and neuroradiology, among other related specialties. [CLICK HERE]

University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham. Each year, 4,000-plus patients see neurosurgeons at the University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham for treatment. [CLICK HERE]

University of California Davis Medical Center (Sacramento). With a care footprint spanning the majority of Northern California, the University of California Davis Medical Center links patients to the area's only Level 1 trauma center to treat a range of spinal cases at the UC Davis Spine Center. [CLICK HERE]

University of Chicago Medical Center.
The Section of Neurosurgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center comprises neurovascular surgery, neuro-oncology, epilepsy, spinal surgery and pediatric neurosurgery specialties, among others. [CLICK HERE]

University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora).
More than 30 clinicians make up the University of Colorado Hospital's department of neurosurgery, with specialization in complex cranial and skull-based surgery. [CLICK HERE]

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City). The Neurosurgery Clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics comprises 10 neurosurgeons who focus on brain and spinal cord tumors, movement disorders, trauma and degenerative spine pathology. [CLICK HERE]

University of Kansas Hospital (Kansas City). Eight physicians staff University of Kansas Hospital's department of neurosurgery, making it one of the largest neurosurgical groups in the Kansas City area. [CLICK HERE]

University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital (Lexington). The 569-bed University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital opened in 1962 as part of UK HealthCare, a designated Blue Distinction Center+ for spine surgery. [CLICK HERE]

University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Center (Ann Arbor). The University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Center's department of neurosurgery comprises 24 clinical faculty and eight research faculty, who oversaw 3,600-plus operative cases between 2015 and 2016. [CLICK HERE]

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (Madison). Launched in 1942, the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics department of neurosurgery has been at the forefront of providing advanced neurological care. [CLICK HERE] 

University of Vermont Medical Center (Burlington). A designated Blue Distinction Center for spine surgery, the University of Vermont Medical Center's spine program was established in 1989 and today treats 8,000-plus patients annually. [CLICK HERE]

University of Virginia Medical Center (Charlottesville). Spine surgeons at the University of Virginia Medical Center, a designated Blue Distinction Center+ for spine surgery, perform 1,500-plus spine procedures annually. [CLICK HERE]

UPMC (Pittsburgh). The neuro and spine surgeons at UPMC are pioneers in their field, continually focused on developing new tools and techniques to advance patient care. [CLICK HERE]

UR Medicine Strong Memorial Hospital (Rochester, N.Y.). UR Medicine Strong Memorial Hospital's integrated spine care team of neurosurgeons, neurologists and physical therapists has been caring for regional patients for 30-plus years. [CLICK HERE]

UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas). The UT Southwestern neurological surgery department comprises 22 faculty members across several subspecialties. [CLICK HERE]

Wake Forest Health (Winston-Salem, N.C.). The department of neurology and neurosurgery at Wake Forest Baptist Health includes one of 33 Joint Commission-designated Comprehensive Stroke Centers and one of 34 ALS centers in the country. [CLICK HERE]

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.). Vanderbilt University Medical Center's 16-physician neurological faculty members perform more than 5,000 surgeries and procedures annually. [CLICK HERE]

Via Christi Hospital St. Francis (Wichita, Kan.). Founded in the early 2000s, Via Christi's Comprehensive Stroke Center has years of experience providing care for stroke patients from across the community. [CLICK HERE]

Yale New Haven (Conn.) Hospital. The neurosurgery department at Yale University School of Medicine launched in 1918 and has grown into the department of neurosurgery at Yale New Haven Hospital, which trains neurosurgeons through the recently unveiled Franklin Robinson Fellowship. [CLICK HERE]


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