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Houston Northwest Medical Center Has Been Designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery
Date:2/22/2010

ding post operative rehabilitation.”

The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from a panel of expert physicians. To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery, the following types of criteria were evaluated:

 
  • Established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency care, and a full range of patient support services with full accreditation by a CMS-deemed national accreditation organization
  • Experience and training of program surgeons, including case volume
  • Quality management programs, including surgical checklists as well as tracking and evaluation of clinical outcomes and process of care
  • Multi-disciplinary clinical pathways and teams to coordinate and streamline care, including transitions of care
  • Shared decision making and preoperative patient education

More information on selection criteria is available at www.bcbs.com.

“This recognition highlights the hospital’s success in combining skill, expertise and technology to offer patients a range of treatment options for back or neck pain,” says J. Michael Graham, M.D., orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff at Houston Northwest Medical Center. “The collaborative, multidisciplinary efforts of the neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, pain management specialists, nurses and physical therapists set Houston Northwest Medical Center apart and ensure that patients have a positive experience.”

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