Karen Mills

"They treat you as if you are part of the family."

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When severe lower back problems started interfering with Karen Mills’ ability to get around, some of her fellow Cookeville Regional Auxiliary members recommended she see Dr. Leonardo Rodriguez-Cruz.

She followed their advice, and after meeting with Dr. Cruz to discuss her options, they scheduled surgery to fuse together four of her lumbar vertebrae.

“He told me exactly what I needed to have done, he did it, and I’ve had great results,” she said. “I’m very pleased.”

Mills, who had had a prior back surgery in Nashville, says she was much happier with her experience at Cookeville Regional.

“There’s no comparison,” she said. “In Nashville, they did what they had to do and didn’t really have any personal contact with you beyond that. But here at Cookeville Regional, they treat you as if you’re part of the family.”

It’s those kinds of results and that kind of care that have helped Cookeville Regional achieve recognition from Healthgrades® as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™ (2012-2013) and ranking among the Top 5% in the Nation for Spine Surgery (2007-2013). While we’re extremely proud of this level of recognition, it’s the success stories of patients like Karen Mills that matter to us the most.