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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Loyola University Medical Center Named a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center+ in Spine Surgery

Illustration of the spine with Blue Cross Blue Shield award

MAYWOOD, IL—Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) has been recognized as a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center+ in Spine Surgery. The honor was given to 307 hospitals and medical centers throughout the U.S., including 22 in Illinois, in recognition of their “expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care.”

“Loyola University Medical Center has a long tradition of providing exceptional, comprehensive musculoskeletal care, including spine surgery,” said Alexander Ghanayem, MD, chair of Orthopaedics at Loyola. “We are honored to receive this distinction from Blue Cross Blue Shield.”

Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ “have a proven history of delivering exceptional care and results,” according to the Blue Cross Blue Shield website. Distinction Centers+ “demonstrate more affordable care in addition to quality care, treatment expertise and better overall patient results.”

Loyola also was recently named to Becker's Healthcare's 2019 list of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Orthopaedic Programs. Hospitals on the list are recognized for "quality of care and patient satisfaction for orthopaedic and spine surgery."

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About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.