101 Hospitals With Great Spine and Neurosurgery Programs - G-O

Gaston Memorial Hospital (Gastonia, N.C.). HealthGrades recently gave Gaston Memorial Hospital, the anchor of CaroMont Health, a Spine Surgery Excellence Award for 2012 and designated the hospital, for the first time, as one of the top spine surgery facilities in the country. GMH's spinal fusion procedures were also ranked in the top 80 in the country for overall quality by CareChex.

Geisinger Medical Center (Danville, Pa.). Geisinger Medical Center, which Thomson Reuters named as a Top 100 Hospital for 2011 — one of only 15 major teaching hospitals on the list — also has an award-winning Neurosciences Institute. GMC houses two of the three fellowship-trained neurosurgical oncologists in Pennsylvania, has specialized pediatric neurosurgical procedures, is considered to be a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and is a Magnet-designated facility.

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center (La Crosse, Wis.). Thomson Reuters recently named Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center as a Top 100 Hospital for 2011, and its neurosciences arena was also named a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery. Gundersen Lutheran neurosurgeons offer several modern spine surgeries, such as disc arthroplasty and stereotactic radiosurgery.

Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit). Henry Ford Hospital is considered to be a national leader in spine and neurosurgical care. It was the first hospital in Michigan to provide minimally invasive spine surgery, the first hospital in Michigan to provide a specialized treatment program for elderly patients requiring spinal surgery and the first hospital in the United States to provide radiosurgery for spine cancer.

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York). The Hospital for Special Surgery is best known for its orthopedic program, which U.S. News & World Report ranked first out of all hospitals in the country for 2011-2012. However, the publication also ranked HSS's neurosurgery and spine care as 19th best in the country. The Magnet hospital stacks up as the 18th best hospital in the country for spinal fusion quality, according to CareChex, and it also has a world-renowned Integrated Spine Research Program that is inclusive of all spine specialties, including both surgical and non-surgical fields.

The Hospital for Spinal Surgery (Nashville, Tenn.). The name says it all for the 23-bed Hospital for Spinal Surgery. Ranked second in the country for spinal fusions and fourth for overall spinal surgery by CareChex, the hospital also has garnered multiple neurosurgical and spine-based accolades from HealthGrades. For the past three years, HealthGrades has awarded THSS the Spine Surgery Excellence Award and a five-star rating in back and neck surgeries. It also was rated number one out of 82 hospitals in Tennessee for its high level of patient satisfaction and outcomes by Consumer Reports.

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, part of Penn Medicine, offers more than 50 neurosurgical treatments and services, ranging from its Gamma Knife Center to its Neuromuscular Disorders Program. A Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and Magnet-designated facility, the hospital's Neurosurgical Spine Center provides care for some of the most complex disorders of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system and houses more neurosurgeons ranked in "The Best Doctors in America" than any other hospital in the Philadelphia area.

Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital (Indianapolis). IU Health Methodist Hospital's neurosurgery and neurology program, for both adult and pediatric specialties, are ranked in the top 35 in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 2011-2012. IU Health also has the nation's largest adult neuro-critical care unit, and in 2010, IU Health neurosurgeons performed more than 2,200 spine surgeries and craniotomies combined. The Magnet-designated hospital also has cutting-edge technologies that include the NICO Myriad device, which allows neurosurgeons to access and remove hard-to-reach brain and spinal tumors.

Jackson Memorial Hospital (Miami). Jackson Memorial Hospital — the major teaching facility for the University of Miami School of Medicine — provides care under several specialty areas, including functional neurosurgery, pediatric neurosurgery and spinal disorders. JHM works in conjunction with the University of Miami Spine Institute, which is led by renowned neurosurgeons Barth Green, MD, Allan Levi, MD, and Steven Vanni, MD.

JFK Medical Center (Edison, N.J.). JFK Medical Center and its New Jersey Neuroscience Institute is considered to be a leader in New Jersey in the diagnosis and treatment of brain and spine disorders. Comprehensive programs at the institute include spinal cord tumor treatment, spine disease treatment and neuro-ophthalmology procedures. Former North American Spine Society President, Gregory Przybylski, MD, is the director of neurosurgery at the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center.

John Muir Medical Center (Walnut Creek, Calif.). Among California hospitals, John Muir Medical Center is one of the highest-ranked for neurosurgery and neurology, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and Magnet-recognized hospital was also one of the first medical centers in the country to offer stereotactic radiosurgery to treat certain types of brain and spine tumors in 2004. John Muir Medical Center also treats several of its spinal disorders through the latest minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques.

Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore).
Johns Hopkins Hospital, considered to be one of the top hospitals in the country, is a leader in numerous specialties, including its neurosurgery and spine departments. Johns Hopkins was the first hospital to pioneer a neurological critical care unit and performs some of the newest and most complex neurosurgical procedures. Its Neurosurgical Spine Center also is a leader in several research areas, such as cervical spondylotic myelopathy and spinal reconstruction using the Synthes Spine Synex Implant.

LewisGale Medical Center (Salem, Va.). The 521-bed LewisGale Medical Center has received Spine Surgery Excellence Awards from HealthGrades for three straight years, one of the only hospitals in Virginia to achieve the feat. BCBS designated LewisGale as a Blue Distinction Center, and CareChex ranked the hospital in the top 20 nationally for spinal surgery quality for 2012.

Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Neurosurgery has 12 different subspecialties. MGH's Spine and Peripheral Nerve Center has several world-renowned spine surgeons, such as Lawrence Borges, MD, and Ziv Williams, MD. The first discectomy for a herniated intervertebral disc and the first successful stabilization of atlantoaxial instability of the cervical spine were also performed at MGH.

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Mayo Clinic has more than 20 neurosurgeons, and they perform several thousand neurosurgical procedures per year — including Gamma Knife-based surgeries, complex spinal reconstruction and spinal tumor surgeries — making them some of the most experienced neurosurgeons in the world. In addition to several awards for neurosurgical and spine excellence, Mayo Clinic conducts cutting-edge treatment and research for many brain, nerve and spinal clinical trials.

Medical University of South Carolina Hospital (Charleston, S.C.). MUSC Hospital's neurosciences department encompasses nine different areas, including its Spine Center, Gamma Knife Center and MUSC Brain & Spine Tumor Program. The award-winning Spine Center team includes specialists in neurosurgery, orthopedics and diagnostic neurophysiologic testing. MUSC Hospital, the first medical school established in the South in 1824, also has several neurosurgical research programs and clinical trials within the South Carolina Research Studies Directory.

Mercy Hospital (Miami). Mercy Hospital has received several accolades for its spine and neurosurgical services. Most recently, it was awarded a 2012 Spine Surgery Excellence Award by HealthGrades, which also named it one of America's top spine surgery hospitals. Mercy's CyberKnife Institute uses the latest CyberKnife technology to treat surgical spinal tumor cases, among others.

The Methodist Hospital (Houston). Methodist Hospital is the largest teaching hospital affiliated with the award-winning Baylor College of Medicine. U.S. News & World Report ranked Methodist in the top 25 for neurosurgery, and the hospital has access to several areas of BCM. Michael Heggeness, MD, the director of the spine surgery fellowship program at Baylor Clinic within the BCM, has hospital privileges with Methodist, and he was recently named the 2011-2012 president of the North American Spine Society.

Metro Health Hospital (Wyoming, Mich.). After two straight years of receiving Spine Surgery Excellence Awards, HealthGrades also ranked Metro Health Hospital as one of "America's 100 Best in Spine Surgery." Metro Health Hospital is the first hospital in Michigan to offer the Renaissance Guided Spine Surgery system, which enables neurosurgeons to provide safer and more accurate minimally invasive and open spine surgeries.

Mission Hospital (Asheville, N.C.). Mission Hospital is considered to be a national leader in spine procedures, as evidenced by its multiple Spine Surgery Excellence Awards from HealthGrades. Mission's Neurosciences Institute encompasses the Spine Center, which offers up-to-date technological treatment options for spinal spondylolisthesis and other spinal disorders and was designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery by BCBS.

Morton Plant Hospital (Clearwater, Fla.). The Neurosciences Institute at Morton Plant Hospital, a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery, is one of the leading facilities in the Southeast for the evaluation and treatment of neurological conditions. Morton Plant was the first hospital on the west coast of Florida to have a complete sterotaxy program for accurate localization and excision of brain and spinal cord lesions, and its spine program treats more patients for neck and back problems than any other spine program in the Tampa Bay area.

Mount Sinai Medical Center (Miami). Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami is the largest private, independent, not-for-profit teaching hospital in South Florida and also one of the highest ranked in neurosurgery. Its neurosciences center of excellence has numerous specialists, such as neurosurgeons, spine and orthopedic surgeons and radiation oncologists, who work hand-in-hand. Mount Sinai offers a range of minimally-invasive spinal surgeries, including axlialif, kyphoplasty and disc replacements.

Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York). New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center has a neurosurgery spine program and orthopedic spine surgery program with several specialists — including Arthur Jenkins III, MD, Andrew Hecht, MD, and Sean McCance, MD — who possess renowned expertise in spinal trauma, disorders, tumors and minimally invasive surgery. Mount Sinai also offers functional and restorative neurosurgery, which uses technologies such as gene therapies and electrical stimulating devices to restore lost neurological function.  

Munroe Regional Medical Center (Ocala, Fla.). Physicians at Munroe Regional Medical Center specialize in the treatment of spinal sprains, fractures, trauma, stenosis, sciatica and ruptured discs. The hospital has earned a Spine Surgery Excellence Award from HealthGrades and is also a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York). The Spine Center at NewYork-Presbyterian offers an interdisciplinary and cautious approach to treatment. The center helped spearhead the use of minimally invasive surgery for spinal conditions and continues to advance spine treatments through ongoing research trials within the hospital's Neurological Institute, which was founded in 1909. Engineers and physicians at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center also have developed an artificial implant to replace intervertebral discs in the spinal column.

Northern Michigan Regional Hospital (Petoskey, Mich.). HealthGrades named the Spine Center at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital to the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country for spine surgery. It's nationally recognized for its spine services and includes state-of-the-art diagnosis and comprehensive treatment, along with an expedited appointment process where each patient is met with a treatment plan within three days of referral.

Northwest Hills Surgical Hospital (Austin, Texas). Ranked as the top hospital in Texas for spine surgery by HealthGrades, Northwest Hills Surgical Hospital also has received the HealthGrades Spine Surgery Excellence Award for three straight years. The physician-owned hospital, which opened in 1995 and is part of Surgical Care Affiliates, is also among the top 25 hospitals across the country for spinal surgery and among the top 50 for spinal fusions, according to CareChex's 2012 quality ratings.

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center (Seattle). For two years in a row, HealthGrades has awarded Northwest Hospital & Medical Center the Spine Surgery Excellence Award. The ratings agency also named Northwest Hospital among the top five in Washington state and among the top 10 percent in the nation for performing highly-specialized surgical procedures on the spine. Neurosurgical and spine quality have also been lauded at the hospital, as HealthGrades gave it a Patient Safety Excellence Award for four straight years, placing it in the top 5 percent of the nation's safest hospitals.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago). Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Department of Neurological Surgery is a leading center for several different programs, including brain or spinal vascular malformations, minimally invasive and noninvasive treatments and functional neurosurgery. Northwestern Memorial's Acute Spinal Cord Injury Center is partnered with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago to form the Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System — one of only 14 of its kind to be designated as a model system of care by the government's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

NYU Langone Medical Center (New York). To provide more coordinated care for patients with spinal disorders, NYU Langone established its Hospital for Joint Diseases Spine Center in 1997. It's a founding member of the National Spine Network and also serves as a major site for National Institutes of Health research pertaining to the treatment of low back disorders and spinal dysfunction in adults.

Ohio State University Medical Center (Columbus, Ohio). The 981-bed academic tertiary hospital's Department of Neurological Surgery houses several well-known neurosurgeons, such as Daniel Prevedello, MD, who is one of the few neurosurgeons in the world trained in endoscopic endonasal procedures. The Comprehensive Spine Center at OSU Medical Center is also comprised of neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, pain management physicians and others who treat the full scope of spinal services for cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine conditions.

Oklahoma Spine Hospital (Oklahoma City). Oklahoma Spine Hospital is one of the country's first physician-owned surgical spine hospitals and currently includes a staff of roughly 21 spine specialists. The hospital offers a variety of spine services ranging from pain management to surgery and diagnostic testing procedures are performed on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Oklahoma Spine has won the Spine Surgery Excellence Award from HealthGrades for both 2011 and 2012.

Oklahoma Surgical Hospital (Tulsa, Okla.). Oklahoma Surgical Hospital was founded in 2007 by a group of physicians who felt the hospital could offer more patient-centered care. HealthGrades awarded Oklahoma Surgical with its Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2010 and 2011 and also ranked it within the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for spine surgery.

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