Coliseum Health System - March 08, 2018

Let's say that you have back, really bad back pain. Your physician tells you that need surgery. What do you do next? More than likely, you will take his recommendation and have the surgery. Did you know that if you live in Macon or the surrounding area that one of America's best hospitals for spine surgery is right here in your own back yard!

Coliseum Northside Hospital was recently recognized by Healthgrades as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery. Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.* Healthgrades identified the 100 best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures evaluated within spine surgery. The achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation.

In addition to being named as one of America's 100 Best for Spine Surgery, Coliseum Northside Hospital also received a Healthgrades 5-Star rating for spinal fusion surgery as well as hip fracture treatment. This is the second year in a row that the hospital has received the 5-Star rating for spinal fusion.

Greg Caples, Chief Executive Officer of Coliseum Northside Hospital, said, "An award like this is especially important to the middle Georgia community. For those needing spine surgery, it means they have access to one America's best hospitals right here in Macon. We are especially proud of our physicians and staff who work tirelessly to ensure we provide the best care possible to our patients."

"Many consumers believe that hospital quality is standardized, though the reality is that clinical quality and outcomes at hospitals vary widely across the country," said Brad Bowman, MD, Healthgrades Chief Medical Officer. "The hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for spinal fusion distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality of care and can distinguish themselves to consumers seeking care at high-quality facilities."

So - if you find yourself needing surgery you can take one thing off of your worry list because the best spine care in the area - one of the best in the entire country - is here, ready to serve you!

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*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.