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University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center Earns Blue Distinction Center Designation® for Quality in Spine Surgery

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

ELYRIA, OH – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio has selected University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care 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.

Spinal surgeries are one of the most frequent types of elective surgeries in the U.S. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there were more than 465,000 spinal fusion operations in the U.S. in 2011, a procedure commonly done in the lumbar region of the lower back to treat back pain.

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. Designated hospitals must also maintain national accreditation to be designated.

UH Elyria Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio for meeting the rigorous selection criteria for spine surgery set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. “Back pain is a serious issue; one that can result in both missed work days and being unable to participate in activities that people enjoy,” said Don Schiffbauer, Director of Clinical Operations for UH Elyria Medical Center. “Fortunately, here at UH Elyria Medical Center, our surgeons have the skill and expertise required to alleviate back pain and get our patients back to their activities of daily living.” He continued, “We’re honored to receive this recognition from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio, and will continue to offer our patients the latest techniques in spine surgery.”

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery, and transplants, while encouraging health care professionals to improve the care they deliver.

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.

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