Blue Distinction Center

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Dr. Gelb

The National Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, in cooperation with local CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, has designated the University of Maryland Spine Program as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery. This national recognition acknowledges the department's commitment to quality patient care and achievement of excellent outcomes.

Selection criteria for determining which medical centers receive this recognition are established by CareFirst in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations' recommendations. Medical centers are judged on patient results and outcomes, treatment expertise, procedure volume, structure and process. Those centers that demonstrate the best overall outcomes, few medical complications, few readmissions and higher survival rates are recognized as Blue Distinction Centers.

Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery are recognized for demonstrating a commitment to quality care and overall better outcomes for spine surgery patients. At University of Maryland Orthopaedics, we use advanced minimally invasive surgery techniques to treat a variety of spine conditions, which results in shortened hospital stays for patients and overall faster recovery.