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McLaren Regional Medical Center Spine Program Aligns with Online Leader to Promote Patient Education & Overall Quality of Care

As the region’s only comprehensive spine program designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network, the McLaren Regional Medical Center Spine Program has recently collaborated with, a world-renowned online resource, to educate patients on their pain and treatment options.

Flint, MI, June 26, 2010 --( The McLaren Regional Medical Center Spine Program features a unique and specialized multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of back and neck pain. As part of its efforts to holistically treat every patient, McLaren has teamed up with the leading online educator for back and neck pain and treatment options,

The McLaren Spine Program offers a uniquely specialized approach to diagnose and treat back and neck pain. The program is totally designed around the mission of improving function, alleviating pain and enhancing quality of life for people with spine problems. The physicians with McLaren believe a vital part to recovery is empowering the patient with the facts on their condition, as well as treatment options that are available to them.

“When a patient is armed with the knowledge and understanding of their pain, they are able to take a more proactive approach in their healing process, having educated discussions with their doctor,” according to Cheryl Ellegood, Vice President of Business Development at McLaren Regional Medical Center. “By partnering with the credible online patient education resource Spine-health, we can feel confident referring our patients to a trusted source of information who’s been a leader in the online space for over 10 years.”

McLaren’s team of spine specialists work together to develop a complete, individualized treatment plan for each patient that considers his or her diagnosis, lifestyle and treatment goals. This team works together to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients using leading edge technology, the latest techniques and the most effective therapies to help patients feel, move and live better.

“Spine-health is a premier provider of pain relief and treatment information,” noted Ellegood. “The articles and interactive videos allow patients to identify their symptoms and condition and research possible treatment options. We are very pleased to have our spine program and our prestigious team of spine experts with McLaren Regional featured both on the Group and individual physician pages of the Spine-health site.”

Learn more about the McLaren spine center by visiting its practice profile on

About is a recognized back pain and neck pain resource “designed to help spine doctors guide their patients to the most reliable and patient friendly back pain resources on the Internet and confirm the patient education conversation with the doctor during the appointment,” says Sylvia Marten, President of Spine-health. The site’s strict editorial standards and medical review process have earned it numerous awards for consumer health content excellence and made it a favorite of both consumers and physicians. publishes thousands of original health articles, doctor advice, and pain blogs and facilitates the leading back pain message board. Patients can find a back doctor they can trust via Spine-health’s Spine Center Directory and by using Find a Back Doctor or Spine Surgeon search.

For media questions or inquiries about the McLaren Regional Medical Center Spine Program, Contact Laurie Prochazka, Director of Marketing for McLaren Regional Medical Center, at

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