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Home    Newsroom    News Releases    CoxHealth News: October 2013    CoxHealth in Springfield again recognized as top hospital in the nation for spinal fusion
CoxHealth in Springfield again recognized as top hospital in the nation for spinal fusion

For Immediate Release
Oct. 24, 2013

CoxHealth in Springfield has been recognized by CareChex as the top hospital in the nation for spinal fusion, and as second in the nation for spinal surgery, in the group’s 2014 America’s Top Quality Hospitals medical excellence ratings.

Unlike other publicly available hospital quality ratings, CareChex, a division of Comparion, provides a comprehensive, multi-dimensional analysis of medical quality by evaluating process of care, outcomes of care, and patient satisfaction data. Their National Quality Rating Database includes virtually all general, acute, non-federal U.S. hospitals.

CoxHealth in Springfield was also recognized by CareChex as the top hospital in Missouri in a number of categories. For medical excellence: general surgery, neurological care and major neurosurgery; and for patient safety: heart attack treatment, major neurosurgery, pneumonia care, pulmonary care, spinal fusion and spinal surgery.

“CoxHealth has always been committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care and experience,” said Daniel L. Sontheimer, MD, CoxHealth Chief Medical Officer. “Our physicians and staff are second to none, and this recognition is a testament to their hard work and dedication to providing excellent patient care.”

For more information about CareChex, their data sources and scoring methodology, and to review all 2014 Top Quality Hospitals rankings, visit

CoxHealth is the only locally owned, not-for-profit health system based in Springfield, Mo. It is accredited by The Joint Commission, distinguished as one of the nation’s top 100 health systems, recognized as a U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospital, and committed to caring for the community.

Established in 1906, the organization serves more than 900,000 people in a 25-county service area in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas, offering a comprehensive array of primary and specialty care including five hospitals and more than 80 clinics in 25 communities. The health system includes Cox Medical Center South, Cox Medical Center Branson, Cox North Hospital, Meyer Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital, Cox Monett Hospital, Oxford HealthCare (the nation’s second largest hospital-based home health agency), Home Parenteral Services (home infusion therapy), CoxHealth Foundation, Cox College, Cox HealthPlans and more.

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