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Kearney Regional Medical Center has been named a Blue Distinction Center® in orthopedic spine surgery by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.  The award is given to medical facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality health care. KRMC is one of only 3 hospitals in Nebraska and the only in Central Nebraska to have received this high honor.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska recognizes select doctors, hospitals and other healthcare facilities as Blue Distinction® for the safe, effective care they provide to their patients. Each must meet a specific set of rigorous standards to receive the Blue Distinction designation.

“Given the news that we were selected to be a Blue Distinction facility is very humbling,” said Dr. David Benavides, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon.  “It is indicative of the commitment this facility has to provide the best of care, particularly to our spine patients.  It is a direct reflection of this hospital’s primary objective of putting patients first and making sure our community is well taken care of.”

“The Acknowledgement will allow KRMC to continue to remain at the forefront of spine surgery innovation focusing on patient outcomes,” added Dr. James Mahalek, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon.  “Patients will have assurance that spine treatments at KRMC will exceed standards of quality that few centers achieve.”

“The selection for Blue Distinction is an honor that reflects all the hard work coming to fruition for this facility,” added Dr. Benavides. “To be recognized by such a well-known and respected insurance company like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska allows KRMC to be able to tell patients that they trust us. We work hard to earn that trust from the patients and to provide the best possible care here in the best and newest facility around.”Blue Distinction Centers for spine surgery are awarded to medical facilities exhibiting a commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients. These facilities offer experienced, comprehensive inpatient spine surgery services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures. Research confirms that hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for spine surgery have fewer patients with complications and fewer hospital readmissions than non-designated hospitals.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is a community-based, member-owned health insurance company serving Nebraskans for more than 75 years. BCBSNE is committed to providing stability and security to Nebraska families and is leading the way in supporting patient-focused care. We’re the state’s largest health insurance company, and the only one headquartered in Nebraska. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

About Kearney Regional Medical Center

KRMC is a 93-bed acute care hospital.  Dedicated to improving the health of our patients, Kearney Regional Medical Center delivers expert medical care that is patient-focused and cost-effective. Kearney Regional Medical Center’s state of the art facility offers patients sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic services covering the spectrum of care.  Kearney Regional is made up of Medical, Surgical, and Intensive Care Beds.  As well as a full suite of Operating Rooms, Interventional Cardiology and Radiology Labs, an Emergency Department, Maternity Care Center, and full Radiology Department for diagnostic services.

The staff at Kearney Regional consists of over 700 talented and compassionate physicians, nurses, clinical, and support staff.