Saint Luke’s Hospital Achieves Joint Commission Certification for Spine Surgery Program

July 3, 2018

KANSAS CITY, MO — Saint Luke’s Hospital today announced that its spine surgery program has achieved certification by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading health care accreditation and certification organization. Led by faculty of Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute (SLMBNI), Saint Luke’s spine program is now the only program in Kansas City to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Spine Surgery Certification. The program also is designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for spine surgery.  

“On behalf of our physicians and staff, we are proud to receive this certification from The Joint Commission, and appreciate its demonstration of our commitment to achieving the highest standards of spine care in Kansas City,” said Cheerag D. Upadhyaya, M.D., surgical director of Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute. 

Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute has been recognized as one of the nation’s top 50 neurology and neurosurgery programs by U.S. News & World Report. A recent five-year gift commitment from the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation will enable SLMBNI to establish a Spine Center of Excellence and continue to provide close-to-home access to world-class care in Kansas City. The Saint Luke’s Spine Center provides a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to spine care, offering treatment for patients with all types of spine issues, including neck, back and sciatica, with conservative to high quality, complex surgery.

To achieve The Joint Commission certification, Saint Luke’s Hospital underwent a rigorous, onsite survey, during which a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with standards, clinical guidelines and outcomes of care. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance. The certification is awarded for a two-year period.

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Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute 
Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute (SLMBNI) is a comprehensive center for neuroscience research, education, and evidence-based medicine that combines faculty in neurology, neurosurgery, interventional neuroradiology, neurotology, psychiatry, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. SLMBNI has been recognized as one of the nation’s top 50 neurology and neurosurgery programs by U.S. News & World Report. Together SLMBNI faculty provide patient-centered, leading-edge care to thousands of patients from all over the country. As a member of Saint Luke’s Health System, SLMBNI is a global leader in utilizing both drug and mechanical interventions to reverse the permanent and debilitating effects of ischemic stroke. Its legacy of innovation began in 1993 when doctors performed one of the world’s first intra-arterial stroke reversal procedures. Since then, Saint Luke’s specialists have continued to pioneer new stroke treatments and reverse strokes in thousands of patients through its network of stroke centers. Located in Kansas City, Mo., SLMBNI brings together a team of highly specialized neuroscientists to provide comprehensive treatment for the most complex neurological diseases, including stroke, epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, multiple sclerosis, headaches and facial pain, as well as aneurysms and intracerebral hemorrhages. The Institute’s multispecialty team provides the latest in minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques for the treatment of acute and chronic back pain. SLMBNI strives to be a national leader in neurological treatment and care by advancing clinical research and evidence-based clinical practice.

Saint Luke’s Health System
Saint Luke’s Health System consists of 14 area hospital locations, and several primary and specialty care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the Kansas City metropolitan area and the surrounding region.

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