John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek Recognized as One of the Nation’s Top Hospitals for Spine and Neurosurgery Programs

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John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek Recognized as One of the Nation’s Top Hospitals for Spine and Neurosurgery Programs   

Walnut Creek, CA (February 27, 2012) — John Muir Health’s Walnut Creek medical center has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s “101 Hospitals with Great Spine and Neurosurgery Programs.” John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek was the only East Bay hospital and the only non-academic medical center in northern California to make the list.

“This list recognizes the outstanding efforts of our physicians and staff and is a reflection of our dedication to providing exceptional care and a full spectrum of services to our patients,” said Terence Chen, M.D., medical director for neurosurgery at John Muir Health. “Some of the most outstanding hospitals for spine and neurosurgical care in the United States are included, and we are honored to be among them.”

John Muir Health offers the most advanced techniques and technology to diagnose and treat neurological disorders of the brain and spine. The comprehensive programs available at John Muir Health include treatment for cerebrovascular diseases (e.g. stroke, aneurysms), brain and spinal cord tumors, dementia (e.g. Alzheimer's), spine diseases, neurological disorders and neuro-trauma. John Muir Health's coordinated care approach provides patients, with neurological diseases and injuries, with the care they need from medical to surgical to rehabilitation. John Muir Health has also earned national recognition for the treatment of brain injury patients by The Joint Commission (TJC), Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and The Advisory Board.

Becker's Hospital Review selected the “101 Hospitals With Great Spine and Neurosurgery Programs” based on nominations, clinical accolades, quality care and other spine and neurosurgical proficiencies. These hospitals have been recognized for excellence in this specialty by reputable health care rating resources, including U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades, Thomson Reuters, Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery, Delta Group CareChex and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

In its listing for John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, Becker’s wrote: “Among California hospitals, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek 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, Walnut Creek also treats several of its spinal disorders through the latest minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques.”

The full list of “101 Hospitals with Great Spine and Neurosurgery” can be found at www.BeckersOrthopedicAndSpine.com.