SSM Health’s Spine and Pain Management Center named to the “100 Hospitals & Health Systems with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs” list by Becker’s Hospital Review

​​Jefferson City​, MO (Dec. 4, 2015) — SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital is one of only three hospitals in the state and the only Mid-Missouri hospital included on the 2015 list of "100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs" published by Becker's Hospital Review.​SSM Health Makes Top 100 in Becker's Hospital Review

The hospitals and health systems on this year's list are national leaders in neurosciences, providing treatment for patients with various brain and spine conditions. They have received recognition for excellence from various reputable organizations in areas such as neurosurgery, spine surgery and stroke care.

 "The SSM Health Spine and Pain Management team has been dedicated to establishing a healing environment focused on safety, quality and an exceptional patient experience," said Brent VanConia, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital president. "We are so pleased with the accomplishments of the entire hospital team and that Dr. Blake Rodgers and Dr. Jeff Lehmen are being recognized for their leadership and performance."

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Becker's Hospital Review selected hospitals for inclusion based on national rankings and awards from several institutions including: U.S. News & World Report national and regional rankings for neurology and neurosurgery; CareChex rankings for neurological care, neurosurgery and spine surgery; Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery designation; Healthgrades neurosurgery, spine and stroke care awards; and Magnet designation for nursing excellence.

SSM Health's Spine and Pain Management Center offers specialized expertise in a full range of open and minimally invasive spine surgeries and uses some of the most sophisticated surgical technology to help patients overcome spine problems.

William Blake Rodgers, MD, medical director of the Spine and Pain Management Center, said, "SSM Health is an organization that cares about quality, safety and excellent patient care. I am proud to offer patients the treatment they need at St. Mary's Hospital."


Jeff Lehmen, MD, added, "It is quite an honor to be included on such a prestigious list. I am blessed to work with an excellent team of pain management specialists, operating room staff, physical therapists and spine surgery professionals."

Becker's Hospital Review has published a version of this list annually since 2012.

The full list features individual profiles of all 100 organizations.

The full list can be read here:


About SSM Health
SSM Health ( is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation. ​

With care delivery sites in  Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, SSM includes 19 hospitals, more than 60 outpatient care sites, a pharmacy benefit company, an insurance company, two nursing homes, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a technology company, and an Accountable Care Organization. With more than 1,300 employed physicians and nearly 30,000 employees in four states, SSM is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. An early adopter of the electronic health record (EHR), SSM is a national leader for the depth of its EHR integration. The addition of Dean Health System in 2013 brings the number of physician visits across SSM Health to 4 million annually.



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