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BMC Earns Blue Distinction for Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Spine Surgery

Boston – March 14, 2013 – Boston Medical Center has been named a Blue Distinction Center® for neurosurgery and orthopaedic spine surgery by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. 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 health care nationwide.

Blue Distinction Centers for spine surgery are 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. Research confirms that hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery have fewer complications and fewer hospital readmissions than non-designated hospitals.

"Boston Medical Center is pleased to be recognized as a Blue Distinction Center," said President and CEO Kate Walsh. "This recognition of clinical excellence underscores our commitment to the delivery of high-quality care in a safe environment for our patients. I am so proud of the work we have done, and continue to do, to provide exceptional care, without exception to our patients.”

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, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan. To learn more about Blue Distinction®, please visit http://provider.bcbs.com or contact your local Blue Plan.

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