News Release
Theresa Larivee

PHILADELPHIA — As one of the most common disease conditions in the United Sates, spine and back issues can interfere in many people’s lives. In fact, research has shown that back pain can affect eight in 10 people at some time in their lives. To meet the needs of these patients, and provide more options for innovative, integrated care, Penn Medicine has announced the opening of a new Spine Center at Pennsylvania Hospital—providing patient visits, surgical and nonsurgical treatments, pain management, and imaging under one roof.

The center, a $10 million facility, combines access to both outpatient and inpatient spine care, bringing a higher level of continuity of services for patients. With evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment in one location, patients can receive their care more efficiently and more conveniently.

“Penn has the largest team dedicated to spine treatment in the region—a team driven by research and personalized treatment plans for each patient, guiding them from diagnosis through recovery,” said Theresa Larivee, CEO of Pennsylvania Hospital. “Here at the nation’s first hospital, we’re bringing together a multidisciplinary team, representing a vision for the future of care for patients that no other health system in the region can match.”

William C. Welch, MD

The Penn Spine Center at Pennsylvania Hospital builds on Penn Medicine’s network of spine and pain care experts, with specialists from neurosurgery, orthopedics, neurology, physical medicine, pain management, radiology, among others on site. Virtual visits, such as post-operative checkup appointments, will also be offered by physicians at this location.

“Our physicians, nurse practitioners, and staff collaborate with a team based approach when caring for spine patients, working together to deliver the best treatment options possible for each of our patients,” added William C. Welch, MD, medical director of the Penn Spine Center at Pennsylvania Hospital and chair of the department of Neurosurgery at Pennsylvania Hospital. “Increasing the efficiency of treatment will help get patients back on their feet as quickly as possible—while also reducing some of the financial burden that spine disorders can place on patients and their families.”

Penn Medicine’s spine program treats patients at a variety of locations throughout the region, from Central Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Now, with the Penn Spine Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, patients can receive their care right in the heart of Center City.

Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $8.6 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $494 million awarded in the 2019 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center—which are recognized as one of the nation’s top “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report—Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine Princeton Health; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional facilities and enterprises include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Medicine at Home, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.

Penn Medicine is powered by a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 43,900 people. The organization also has alliances with top community health systems across both Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, creating more options for patients no matter where they live.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2019, Penn Medicine provided more than $583 million to benefit our community.

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