Aurora BayCare Medical Center Becomes First in Wisconsin to Achieve Spine Program Certification

Completion of the program supports Aurora BayCare as a regional leader in neurological services

GREEN BAY, Wis.Aurora BayCare Medical Center recently became the first and only hospital in Wisconsin to receive the DNV GL Healthcare Spine Surgery Program Certification (SSPC), showcasing how Aurora BayCare is a leader in neurological services. After undergoing rigorous criteria that assessed processes across the spectrum of spine services, Aurora BayCare is recognized for its excellence in complete spine surgery and expertise.

“Aurora BayCare is proud to continue being first in Wisconsin to earn distinguished industry certifications for our continued growth in expertise,” Dr. Paul Baek, Aurora BayCare neurosurgeon, said. “The Spine Surgery Program Certification and Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification have instilled confidence and pride in our community.”

Through the certification process, organizations pinpoint strong practices and where growth is needed. The evaluation provides facilities with ways to continue improving and enhancing their operational performance for long-term success and better patient outcomes. Aurora BayCare is also the area’s first and only Comprehensive Stroke Center and received the Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification in May 2017 from the DNV GL Healthcare.

“The Spine Surgery Certification is a testament to not only Aurora BayCare’s excellent spine care but also the outstanding neuroscience program,” Dr. Brian Johnson, Aurora BayCare chief medical officer, said. “The spine program is a strong addition to the neuroscience program as we serve as the area’s leader in neurological services and provide the highest level of care for complex stroke, aneurysm and spine patients.”

Green Bay, northeastern Wisconsin and upper peninsula residents have access to world-class treatment at Aurora BayCare as it is home to a comprehensive neuroscience group that includes neurosurgeons, neurologists, interventional neurologists, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists and pain and rehabilitation providers.

Learn more about Aurora BayCare’s neuroscience program at

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Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint venture of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic. Aurora BayCare is committed to creating a better way to provide high quality tertiary healthcare, the latest in medical technology and superior service.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, more than 150 clinics, more than 70 pharmacies and more than 33,000 caregivers. As evidenced by more than 300 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.

BayCare Clinic,, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, with more than 100 physicians serving in 16 area communities. BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center, a 167-bed, full-service hospital. Follow BayCare Clinic on Facebook and Twitter.

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