Guthrie Spine Center Recognized For Excellence

The Guthrie Spine Center has been named by the Back Pain Centers of America as the winner of their 2017 Awards of Excellence for the Patient Growth Award. This award recognizes medical practices which have demonstrated high growth and healthy growth in a calendar year. 

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Dave Hall, Associate Vice President for Guthrie Medical Group. “Since implementing our new spine care program, we have helped over one thousand patients in the past year. Guthrie was the first in our area to launch a multi-disciplinary approach to managing this unique population and reducing unnecessary surgeries."

Guthrie identified an opportunity to advance multispecialty collaboration in fostering better outcomes for the local population. It brought together multiple divisions to develop one plan of care for each patient by developing a program to ensure patients were seen and could address chronic pain. The result was a higher patient satisfaction, and a faster path of care to address chronic pain. 

“We created this award category to recognize innovative and patient-centric care programs,” said Brent Wheeler, president of Back Pain Centers of America. “We applaud Guthrie Medical Group for recognizing an underserved population, and instead of moving the patient from place to place, Guthrie organized a program to place a single physician in charge of the patient and have a central point of contact for patient ease and coordination. While Guthrie is not a member of the Back Pain Centers of America network, we made a decision to reach out to all spine care practices to explore new innovations in patient care. Guthrie impressed us with their program.”

About Back Pain Centers of America

Back Pain Centers of America (BPC) has helped people find safe, reliable relief for chronic pain since 2009. The call centers match patients searching for relief for neck and back pain to reputable, board-certified healthcare practices in their geographic area. BPC has the largest network of minimally-invasive spine centers in America.

About Guthrie

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 300 physicians and 190 advanced practice providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 22 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.