11-14-2017 – By Jessica Bartlett Reporter, Boston Business Journal
New England Baptist Hospital will create a new spine institute, thanks to a $3 million gift from one of its board members.
Jeffrey Libert, a trustee of the hospital, recently gifted the hospital $3 million on behalf of his family to form the Libert Family Spine Institute, which will look to create a new singular door for patients suffering from back pain and find approaches and treatments beyond surgical interventions.
The donation is the largest in the hospital’s history, and is on top of $2 million Libert had already donated to the hospital for medical education and research.
“With the largest number of spine surgery patients regionally, and a significant volume of non-surgical patients, NEBH is uniquely positioned to enhance clinical care by leveraging data with predictive analytics to improve existing treatments and design better options for patients with spine disease or injury,” said Dr. Scott Tromanhauser, chief of spine surgery, chief medical quality officer and director of research administration for the hospital, in a statement. “By establishing this institute, we will be able to make a significant difference in how back pain is treated.”