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BMC Named Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacement (Boston) - Boston Medical Center has been named a Blue Distinction Center® for spine surgery and knee and hip replacement by Blue Cross Blue Shield. This award is given to medical facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality healthcare.

This designation by Blue Cross Blue Shield is based on rigorous, evidence-based selection criteria established in collaboration with expert physicians' and medical organizations' recommendations. The goal is to help consumers find quality specialty care on a consistent basis, while enabling and encouraging health professionals to improve the overall quality and delivery of healthcare nationwide.

Blue Distinction Centers for spine surgery and knee and hip replacement are new designations awarded to medical facilities exhibiting a commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients. These facilities offer experienced, comprehensive inpatient spine surgery services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures, as well as comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee and total hip replacement.

“This distinction recognizes the clinical talent in our departments of neurosurgery and orthopedics,” said Elaine Ullian, CEO and president of Boston Medical Center. “Additionally, the comprehensive care that is afforded our patients is delivered through the collaborative efforts of nursing, rehabilitation medicine, physical therapy, anesthesiology and patient safety and quality. We are very pleased and honored to have achieved this designation,” she added.

Boston Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 639-licensed bed, academic medical center affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine. Committed to providing high-quality health care to all, the hospital offers a full spectrum of pediatric and adult care services including primary and family medicine and advanced specialty care with an emphasis on community-based care. Boston Medical Center offers specialized care for complex health problems and is a leading research institution. Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine are partners in the Boston HealthNet—15 community health centers focused on providing exceptional health care to residents of Boston. For more information, please visit http://www.bmc.org/.

Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan. To learn more about Blue Distinction®, please visit http://www.bcbs.com/ or contact your local Blue Plan.

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