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Centers of Excellence+ Programs

University Hospitals Cervical & Lumbar Spine Center of Excellence+

Our Cervical and Lumbar Spine Center of Excellence+ brings together a comprehensive array of surgical and non-surgical procedures and services for patients with injuries, degenerative conditions, deformities, fractures and tumors of the cervical and lumbar spine. University Hospitals’ nationally recognized, fellowship-trained spine surgeons and supporting clinical staff provide world-class, compassionate, personalized care for these patients.

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Choose an option to begin planning your cervical spine or lumbar spine care at our Center of Excellence+.

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What Is a Center of Excellence+?

At UH, we define Center of Excellence+ (COE+) as a program established to supply an exceptionally high concentration of expertise and related resources centered on a particular area of medicine. A COE+ strives for value, optimal clinical outcomes, a positive patient experience, and lower costs for both patients and employers.

Bundled Package

All the services offered through our Cervical and Lumbar Spine Center of Excellence+ are bundled together to be paid at a single rate. This approach promotes efficiency and best practices from all caregivers involved as they work together to provide the highest quality patient care while staying within a price point. Program navigators provide concierge-style support, coordinating all specialist appointments and ancillary services and accompanying patients to these appointments.

The UH Cervical and Lumbar Spine Center of Excellence+ bundled package includes the following:


  • Surgeon consult
  • Psychiatry consult
  • Lab services
  • Plain film and flex extension x-rays
  • Other “rule-out” x-rays
  • Standing scoliosis x-ray (if diagnosed with scoliosis)
  • EMG nerve conduction studies
  • EKG (dependent upon age)


  • Medical records review
  • Lab services
  • For cervical, lumbar or decompression surgery, charges for the following:
    • Hospital
    • Surgeon
    • Anesthesia
    • Radiology
    • Pathology
  • Home care nursing visit
  • Home care physical therapy visits
  • Occupational therapy visit
  • Cervical brace
  • Walker

Available Procedures

Procedures performed as part of our Cervical and Lumbar Spine Center of Excellence+ include the following:

To learn more about cervical and lumbar spine treatment at UH, visit our Spine Services – Conditions and Treatments page.

Meet the Team

Preparing for Surgery & Post-Surgery Care

A nurse navigator will assist you in enrolling in CareSense, our digital patient navigation platform that will help you prepare and follow up after your procedure. Through this platform, you can do the following:

  • Receive pre-operative education electronically
  • Review videos at your own convenience (though completion is required prior to surgery)
  • Connect with nurse navigators via our CareSense app and ask them any questions you may have
  • Complete patient satisfaction surveys
  • Using the app, track your patient compliance scores on patient-reported outcomes such as post-surgery pain intensity, mobility, etc.

Information for Out-of-Town Patients

Getting to University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

UH Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
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Staying & Dining

Stay at the Courtyard Marriott – Cleveland University Circle

While staying in Cleveland, accommodations will be provided for patients and care partners at the Courtyard Marriott, conveniently located across the street from UH Cleveland Medical Center. Your health insurance provider will coordinate all lodging arrangements.

  • Valet parking is available
  • Shuttle hours are 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. – this complimentary service runs within a 2-mile radius


There are a variety of restaurants in the areas surrounding UH Cleveland Medical Center, including University Circle, Little Italy and Cedar-Fairmount. Click here for a detailed list.

Getting to University Hospitals St. John Medical Center

UH St. John Medical Center
29000 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, OH 44145
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