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Methodist Sugar Land Spine Center achieves national recognition

Sugar Land, TX - 12/20/2011

The Methodist Sugar Land Spine Center has been recognized for its delivery of superior low back care by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), making it the first back pain center in the state to receive the honor.

Dr. John Park, Neurosurgeon; Dr. Rajesh Bindal, Neurosurgeon;
Dr. Anthony Muffoletto, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and Dr. Jeffrey Wood, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon.  
Dr. John Park, Neurosurgeon; Dr. Rajesh Bindal, Neurosurgeon; Dr. Anthony Muffoletto, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and Dr. Jeffrey Wood, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon.

The NCQA’s Back Pain Recognition Program is designed to commend physicians who demonstrate that they meet specific standards for the quality care of patients with low back pain.  The NCQA also individually recognized the center’s physicians, Dr. Rajesh Bindal, Neurosurgeon; Dr. Anthony Muffoletto, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon; Dr. John Park, Neurosurgeon and Dr. Jeffrey Wood, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon. 

“For a person with back pain, the right clinician can make the difference between living with back pain, as opposed to suffering from back pain,” said Margaret E. O’Kane, President, NCQA. “By earning recognition, the Methodist Sugar Land Spine Center has demonstrated that the center provides effective, evidence-based care to its patients.”

The Back Pain Recognition Program was developed to help clinicians and practices support the delivery of high-quality care.  The program is built on evidence-based, nationally recognized clinical standards.  “Evidence-based guidelines have shown in a number of instances that a “less is more” philosophy is the right approach in treating low back pain,” said O’Kane. “The Back Pain Recognition Program identifies physicians who avoid needless imaging and procedures that don’t help patients.”

Methodist Sugar Land Spine Center opened in the May of 2010, led by Dr. Bindal as medical director. 
Dr. Bindal leads a multi-disciplinary team of physicians and health care professionals from the full range of key spinal care specialties, including:

  • Imaging/diagnostics
  • Neuro radiology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic spine surgery
  • Pain management
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation

“Methodist Sugar Land Spine Center brings together a complete spinal care program in one physical location, eliminating the time-consuming and frustrating routine of multiple referrals and appointments for patients who are in pain,” said Dr. Bindal.  “We are proud to receive this honor from the NCQA because it validates our patient-centric approach and our commitment to delivering the highest quality medical care.”

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital CEO Chris Siebenaler said the Spine Center is leading the way for patients in the Fort Bend and surrounding areas who need consistent, quality care for low back pain.

“Dr. Bindal and his colleagues, Dr. Muffoletto, Dr. Park and Dr. Wood – along with all the staff who support the Spine Center – are helping our patients live more productive, higher quality lives through their care and expertise,” Siebenaler said. “We are proud of the excellent work they are doing and especially pleased that their efforts are being recognized nationally.”

The Spine Center is located on the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus with easy access off Town Center Boulevard. For more information or to schedule an appointment at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine Center, please call 281-313-BACK (2225) or email SpineCenter@tmhs.org.

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