St. Anthony Hospital Earns National Recognition for Distinction in Spine Surgery

Blue Distinction is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery or transplants.

To earn this designation, St. Anthony Hospital was evaluated based on an objective, evidence-based selection criteria established with input from expert physicians and medical organizations. The goal of Blue Distinction is to identify medical facilities that deliver better overall quality and medical outcomes for a specific area of specialty care, helping patients and doctors to make more informed hospital choices.

In comparing National Averages based on Medicare and Commercial insurance claims data,St. Anthony Hospital elective spine patients demonstrate significantly higher percentages in: back to normal activities; quicker recovery and transition back home; low complication rate and drastically improved quality of life. Additionally, over 80 percent scored their patient experience as outstanding and would definitely recommend our services when compared to other hospitals in the state

This designation is a tribute to the dedicated team of physicians, nurses, technicians and therapists who helped develop St. Anthony Hospitals comprehensive programs in Spine Surgery, said Michael Drewek, MD, of the InterMountain Neurosurgery Spine Center at St. Anthony Hospital. Their clinical expertise in this area of specialty care has resulted in better overall results for our patients."

Our Blue Distinction program recognizes hospitals that demonstrate higher levels of performance in providing better specialty care for patients," said Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shields, Regional Vice President/Medical Director. Improving quality of care is integral to transforming the healthcare system. Facilities like St. Anthony Hospital are helping Colorado achieve this by offering patients safe specialty care delivered by medical teams with expertise."

About Blue Distinction
Blue Distinction selection criteria cover a broad range of quality measures and are publicly available on www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction. By earning the designation, St. Anthony Hospital has demonstrated:

To learn more about the Blue Distinction designation, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.

St. Anthony Hospital, located in Lakewood, Colorado, is nationally recognized for its renowned programs in trauma, cardiovascular services, oncology, neurosciences and orthopedics and is part of Centura Health, Colorados largest hospital and health care network. For more information on St. Anthony Hospital, please visit www.stanthonyhosp.orgor follow the hospital via Twitters @ STAHospital and www.Facebook.com/StAHospital.

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Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan; and call your provider before making an appointment, to verify the most current information on its Network participation and Blue Distinction status. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any of its Licensees are responsible for any damages, losses, or non-covered charges that may result from using this resource or receiving care from a Blue Distinction provider.