McLaren Macomb earns BCBS Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery designation

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich.—McLaren Macomb, the 288-bed health care provider serving all of Macomb County, has earned recognition for its orthopedic spine surgery proficiency by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, who named the hospital a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery. Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care is a directory created to identify facilities with proven expertise in delivering specialty care.

Blue Distinction Centers are “healthcare facilities and providers recognized for their expertise in delivering specialty care,” as stated on the BCBS website. Specific to spine surgery, these centers offer discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures, and have low readmission rates and fewer reoperations.

The Distinction Center Program was developed with input from the medical community and evaluates hospitals’ specialty care and their ability to deliver high-quality outcomes.

“Back pain can be one of the most frustrating and debilitating chronic conditions anyone can experience,” said Dr. Anthony Cucchi, orthopedic spine surgeon with McLaren Macomb. “When it comes to the importance and delicate nature of the spine, trust between the patient and the surgeon and care team is essential. A designation from a reputable organization helps to impress upon our patients the level of care they can expect from our facility.”

BCBS also takes into account the expertise of the medical team, the number of times the facility has performed a procedure and the facility’s track record for results, resulting in fewer complications and readmissions than facilities without the designation.

Part of a comprehensive orthopedic and joint replacement program, spine surgeons at McLaren Macomb utilize minimally invasive procedures to relieve patients of chronic, debilitating back pain, resulting in a quicker recovery and less of a need for post-op pain medications.

To learn more about orthopedic spine surgery at McLaren Macomb, visit mclaren.org/macomb.

About McLaren Macomb

McLaren Macomb is a 288-bed acute care hospital located in Mount Clemens, Mich. More than 400 physicians and nearly 2,000 employees work at McLaren Macomb making it one of Macomb County’s top employers. McLaren Macomb provides a full range of services, including cancer and cardiovascular care. As Macomb County’s first verified trauma center, the hospital operates the busiest emergency department in Macomb County and is also an accredited chest pain center. McLaren Macomb has a rich history of providing high quality, compassionate health care and holds a strong position in the community it serves. To learn more, visit mclaren.org/macomb or follow our blog mclaren.org/macombblog.

About McLaren Health Care

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality, evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 14 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 490-member employed primary and specialty care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 620,000 lives in Michigan and Indiana, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. McLaren has 26,000 employees and more than 85,500 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving Michigan and Indiana.