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Saint Francis Earns Blue Distinction Care Designation for Quality in Spine Surgery


Blue Shield of California has selected Dignity Health Saint Francis Memorial Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Saint Francis also was recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement.

“This recognition is a testament to the leading-edge care patients can expect when they come to Saint Francis Orthopedic Institute,” said David Klein, MD, MBA, president of Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. “Our expert orthopedic surgeons are trained to use the latest in minimally invasive surgical technology, which helps our patients get back to their daily routines faster.”

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.1

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 with input from the medical community. 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.

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 healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver. Research shows that facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients compared with their peers. 

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

1Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

 

About Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

Dignity Health Saint Francis Memorial Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital that has been providing exceptional healthcare in San Francisco for more than 100 years. Located atop Nob Hill, near downtown San Francisco, Saint Francis is home to the Bothin Burn Center, the largest in Northern California, the Center for Sports Medicine, and the Saint Francis Orthopedic Institute. With its close proximity to downtown San Francisco, Saint Francis also specializes in Occupational Health and Emergency Medicine. Saint Francis has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine and Hip/Knee Replacement Surgery and is a Certified Stroke Center by the Joint Commission.