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Published on May 13, 2016

Spartanburg Medical Center Recognized for Excellence in Spine Surgery

BlueCross Blue Shield of SC recognizes SMC as Blue Distinction Center for Quality in Spine Surgery

Back pain can be debilitating and make daily activities unbearable. Spartanburg Medical Center (SMC), part of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS), has unique spine capabilities and procedures that can help ease your discomfort.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina has named Spartanburg Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center in spine surgery, a direct result of their excellence in care and positive outcomes in spine surgery procedures.

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.

Since 2006, consumers, medical providers and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction program to identify hospitals delivering quality care in bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery, and transplants. 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. Spartanburg Medical Center is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

“No matter what type of spine surgery or treatment you need, members of our team are trained in the latest techniques so we can offer the best options for care,” said President of Spartanburg Medical Center, Phil Feisal. “The comfort and quality outcomes of our patients are Spartanburg Medical Center’s top priority.”

Research confirms 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. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed healthcare decisions. These results will also enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality objectives.

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