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PinnacleHealth Spine Institute Recognized Nationally for Quality

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (September 11, 2013) -- The Joint Commission recently granted the PinnacleHealth Spine Institute Disease Specific Re-certification in Spine Surgery. Only organizations that successfully demonstrate a commitment to a higher standard of care in three distinct spine procedures--discectomy, laminectomy, and spinal fusion--are eligible for certification.

This award signifies the Joint Commission’s “seal of approval” that we have a well-run disease-management program. Certification requirements for spinal surgery programs address three areas:
  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards
  • Effective and consistent use of appropriate, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the discectomy, laminectomy, and spinal fusion patient populations
  • Collection and analysis of a minimum of four performance measures specific to the spinal surgery patient population (a minimum of two performance measures must be clinical in nature.)
Spinal surgery programs that successfully demonstrate compliance in all three areas are granted a two-year certification.
“This certification recognizes the quality care provided by our highly-skilled spine care teams. Our patients have access to exceptional service and the most advanced, sophisticated technology in a patient-and family-friendly environment,” states Michael Young, president & CEO for PinnacleHealth.


PinnacleHealth is one of only two hospitals in Pennsylvania to receive certification in Spine Surgery from The Joint Commission, completing 1,600 spine surgeries each year. In addition, PinnacleHealth is recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for quality and value-based care in Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement surgery, demonstrating overall quality of care and better patient results for our spine and orthopedic surgery patients.