By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Eastside Medical Center named Blue Distinction Center Designation for Quality
The Blue Distinction® Designation Aids Consumers and
Employers in Choosing High-Performing Hospitals
By Staff Reports

Snellville, GA (January 27, 2014) - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia has named Eastside Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery®. 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. Eastside Medical Center is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

Research indicates 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 make better informed healthcare decisions.

“It is important for us to provide the highest quality spine care program,” says Kim Ryan, CEO at Eastside Medical Center, when experts estimate that 80% of Americans will face back problems at some point in their lives. We are proud to receive this prestigious recognition - it is an acknowledgement of the hard work and team effort put forth by everyone in our Spine & Wellness program – physicians, nurses, therapists, and support staff; all working toward the same goal.”

ABOUT EASTSIDE MEDICAL CENTER
Eastside Medical Center has been a healthcare leader for more than 30 years providing quality care to patients in Gwinnett and surrounding counties. Eastside is a 310-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including heart and vascular, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, spine and wellness center, 24-hour emergency, pediatric emergency, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, women’s services, wound clinic, and behavioral health. With our exceptional medical staff of 500 board certified physicians, 1200 employees, and 400 volunteers, we are committed to being your center of excellence. Eastside has two other campuses - South Campus has 61 adult behavioral health beds, a wound care clinic and a 20-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility. In Loganville, Eastside has a digital imaging center. In 2013, Eastside received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation, earned The Joint Commission’s “Gold Seal of Approval” for quality and safety in disease-specific joint replacement care and the Blue Distinction Centers Program for Spine Surgery. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted, call 770-979-0200 or visit our website at Eastsidemedical.com. We are located at 1700 Medical Way, Snellville, Georgia.