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Laser Spine Institute to Open New Centers in Cleveland, St. Louis and Cincinnati

Laser Spine Institute, the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, today announced plans to offer increased access to its advanced procedures by opening new centers in Cleveland, St. Louis and Cincinnati.

Opening later this year, the facilities will grow the company’s national reach – increasing the number of U.S. residents residing within a 250-mile radius of a Laser Spine Institute center by 50 percent – and continue its mission of providing patients with an effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.

“Chronic neck and back pain are prevalent conditions suffered in every location and demographic,” said Dr. Michael Perry, Chief Medical Director. “Nearly two in three people who are recommended for spine surgery to address their spine and disc conditions never have surgery because of the objections to the invasive nature of traditional spine surgery and the extended recovery period. Laser Spine Institute has recently treated 700 patients from these three metro areas, reinforcing our decision to expand into each location, and allowing us to impact quality of life and be more accessible to the people who need our services.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States, the Cleveland, St. Louis and Cincinnati regions contain an average of more than one million people with neck and back pain.

Laser Spine Institute accommodates patients with a personalized and streamlined process, which includes all facets of care, from pre-surgical diagnostics to post-surgical follow-up, to ensure the best treatment and overall experience possible. Each patient has a dedicated coordinator who guides them through the entire process, handling all matters from insurance to scheduling.

At its core, Laser Spine Institute is committed to identifying opportunities that enhance its patient-centric care model through innovative partnerships and investing in processes that ensure quality care. Laser Spine Institute currently holds a 96 percent patient satisfaction rate and was recently recognized for outstanding patient satisfaction and care by Voyance Health as a 2012/2013 National APEX Quality Award Winner, determined solely by patient feedback. Laser Spine Institute is also seeking full designation from Planetree, an international, not-for-profit organization that works with health care organizations that are focused on providing patient-centered environments for care.

Laser Spine Institute is expecting to hire 50 employees in each location within the first three months of opening. The anticipated incremental economic impact from the new centers would be more than $30 million to each local community.

In support of its national expansion, Laser Spine Institute is planning to add more than 100 new jobs through 2015 at its surgery center and corporate headquarters in Tampa, Fla., where the company was founded in 2005. Laser Spine Institute has been repeatedly named a top employer regionally and nationally by Modern Healthcare, Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay Business Journal, and a Most Admired Company by BestCompaniesAZ.

According to the Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases, neck and back pain represent the single largest reason for patient visits to physician offices and hospitals every year, and this expansion will help to accommodate the growing need of patients seeking minimally invasive, outpatient treatment options and personalized care.

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