Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Eastside Medical recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia has named Eastside Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care, which expanded recently to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety.
The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community and include general quality and safety metrics plus program specific metrics. Research indicates that the newly designated Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers.
“It is important for us to provide the highest quality spine care program,” said Kim Ryan, CEO at Eastside Medical Center, “when experts estimate that 80 percent of Americans will face back problems at some point in their lives. We are proud to receive this prestigious recognition — it is an acknowledgement of the hard work and team effort put forth by everyone in our Spine & Wellness program — physicians, nurses, therapists, and support staff; all working toward the same goal.”