Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois has selected Edward Hospital in Naperville and Elmhurst Hospital as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Spine Surgery, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
The designation signifies that the Spine Surgery Program at each hospital met nationally established selection criteria by demonstrating expertise in delivering quality specialty care, safely and effectively.
Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Spine Surgery demonstrate expertise in cervical and lumbar fusion, cervical laminectomy and lumbar laminectomy/discectomy procedures, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions compared to other hospitals.
Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community.
Designated hospitals must also maintain national accreditation. In addition to meeting these quality thresholds, facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ are on average 20 percent more cost-efficient in an episode of care compared to other hospitals.
For more information about the spine surgery services provided by Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital, visit www.eehealth.org/services/orthopedics/specialties/spine