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Geisinger Community Medical Center Earns Blue Distinction Center Award for Spine Surgery


SCRANTON, Pa. – Geisinger Community Medical Center (G-CMC) has been recognized as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program in the area of Spine Surgery by Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA).

The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities such as G-CMC that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care.

“We’re honored to be awarded this distinction,” said Anthony D. Aquilina, D.O., G-CMC’s chief medical officer. “This is a sign of things to come at G-CMC as our independent medical staff collaborates with our employed physicians to bring the highest possible level of care to our community.”

To earn BCNEPA’s Blue Distinction Center designation, G-CMC met quality-focused criteria that emphasize patient safety and outcomes established with input from experts in the medical community.

“Our goal with the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program is to identify local medical facilities that deliver higher overall quality and positive patient outcomes for a specific area of specialty care, such as spine surgery,” said Nina M. Taggart, MD, Vice President of Clinical Operations and Chief Medical Officer for BCNEPA.  “This helps our members, and all local residents, make more informed healthcare decisions.”

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.