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New Spine Hospital More Like 5-Star Hotel

Posted on October 15, 2015

Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Mon, October 12th, 2015

 It’s a Spa, It’s a 5 Star Hotel: No, It’s The Spine Hospital!

Their goal is to create a never-before-seen hospital experience for spine patients. Dan Riew, M.D., Larry Lenke, M.D., and Ron Lehman, M.D. said goodbye to friends and colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis this summer, and they are now hard at work in New York. Dr. Riew is the new Director of Cervical Spine Surgery at The Spine Hospital at the New York Presbyterian/Allen at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Lenke functions as Surgeon-in-Chief and Director of Spinal Deformity. Dr. Lehman is Director of Lumbar Degenerative Surgery and Director of Spine Research. Dr. Riew tells OTW, “There is a real excitement in the air, with people contacting us from all over the globe to ask about joining us.”

And why the buzz? “Drs. Lenke, Lehman and I have a shared vision of what will give spine patients the best hospital experience possible. Our first goal is, of course, to provide world-class surgical and clinical care. But in addition, we provide concierge level service often reserved for elite hotels. At check-in, patients are given a ‘Spine Hospital’ robe and an amenities bag. One patient told me, ‘I have had many operations, and I never want to have surgery anywhere else but here.’ Another patient from the Middle East told me that she has been in hospitals all over the world and this is the ‘best care she has ever experienced.’”


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