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Washington Regional Earns National Certification for Spine Program

Washington Regional Medical Center recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Spine Surgery, recognizing its commitment to providing safe and effective patient care for individuals seeking care for disorders and injuries of the spine.

The Washington Regional Spine Program, part of the Washington Regional J.B. Hunt Transport Services Neuroscience Institute, provides patients with a multidisciplinary team of rehabilitation, interventional pain management and neurosurgery experts who work together to treat disorders and injuries of the spine. Providers partner with patients to determine the best course of action for each patient given their specific condition and overall health. With emphasis on conservative spine care, non-surgical treatment options are explored prior to surgical intervention. Should surgery be necessary, Washington Regional’s neurosurgeons are experienced in performing complex spine surgeries to treat spine deformities, degenerative conditions of the spine, spine tumors, and traumatic spine injuries.

“We are pleased that The Joint Commission has recognized our spine program for its multidisciplinary approach and commitment to continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” said Washington Regional Spine Program Medical Director Dr. Larry Armstrong. “We are one of only two hospitals in Arkansas to receive Spine Surgery certification from The Joint Commission, and it is truly a testament to the care we provide our patients.”

“This certification recognizes the collaborative work of our physicians, physical therapists, case managers, and nurses who work hard daily to ensure our spine patients achieve the best possible outcomes,” said Washington Regional President and CEO Larry Shackelford. “For patients seeking spine care, the designation confirms our program provides high quality care based on national standards, clinical guidelines and patient outcomes established by the nation’s oldest and largest quality accreditation and certification body in health care.”

To achieve the certification, Washington Regional underwent a rigorous review in which The Joint Commission’s experts evaluated compliance with evidence-based spine surgery certification standards and requirements. An independent non-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s leading health care standards-setting and accrediting body. To learn more, visit

For more information about Washington Regional’s Spine Program, click here.