Friday, April 30, 2010

Blue Cross and Blue Shield names MGH a Blue Distinction Center

DEPARTMENTS OF DISTINCTION: From left, Kirkham Wood, MD, and Andrew Freiberg, MD, of the Department of Orthopædic Surgery, and Jean-Valery Charles-Emile Coumans, MD, and Lawrence Borges, MD, of the Department of Neurosurgery

THE MGH has been designated a Blue Distinction Center for both spine surgery and knee and hip replacement by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The distinction is given to medical facilities that have met evidence-based criteria developed with input from expert physicians and have demonstrated consistent, reliable care and the achievement of better overall outcomes. The spine surgery designation recognizes both the departments of Orthopædic Surgery and Neurosurgery. The knee and hip replacement designation recognizes the Department of Orthopædic Surgery.

The Blue Distinction Centers initiative began in 2006 and also includes bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, and transplants. The spine surgery and knee and hip replacement categories are new this year. Nationwide, there are approximately 300 Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery and 500 Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement.

"This as a wonderful accomplishment for the department, and it reflects our dedication to consistently providing the best in orthopædic care," says Harry Rubash, MD, chief of Orthopædic Surgery.

Adds Robert Martuza, MD, chief of Neurosurgery, "I congratulate our superb neurosurgeons on achieving this distinction of quality for spine surgery."

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