In brief

Blue Cross Blue Shield recognizes county hospitals

GENESEE COUNTY — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has recognized 39 hospitals for the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program in the areas of Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement.

Hurley Medical Center, Genesys Regional Medical Center and McLaren Regional Medical Center were among the hospitals recognized as a Blue Distinction Centers for delivering specialty care in Knee and Hip Surgery.

Ten facilities in Michigan are being recognized as Blue Distinction Centers for their expertise in delivering quality specialty care in Spine Surgery or Knee and Hip Replacement, and 29 are being recognized as Blue Distinction Centers+ for their expertise in quality and cost efficiency in delivering specialty care.

These newly designated Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. Nationally, Blue Distinction Centers+ are more than 20 percent more cost-efficient. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed health care decisions. These results will also enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality and cost objectives.

Details: Visit bluedistinction. — G.G.

Chamber membership surpasses 1,000 and growing

GENESEE COUNTY — For the third consecutive year, the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce has seen a significant uptick in its membership, closing 2012 with 1,009 members.

A roster this size makes the Genesee Regional Chamber one of the largest and most active business organizations in the state.

“The Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce is among the top 10 largest chambers in the state measured by revenue and number of members,” said Bob Thomas, Senior Director of Operations, Michigan Chamber Foundation.

As the principal economic development organization serving Flint and Genesee County, the Regional Chamber collaborates with its members and other public and private partners to grow the number of jobs and investment in our community. With the support of a recovering economy and solid value proposition, the organization increased its membership by 12 percent over 2011.

According to Tim Herman, CEO of the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce three years of positive growth is a great accomplishment.

“Given the economic and fiscal challenges that businesses have faced over the past four years, many chambers are losing members versus gaining new members,” said Herman. “Due to our portfolio of services, our relationships and our commitment to understanding the business needs of our members, we’ve managed to achieve year-overyear increases in membership.”

With more than 1,000 members, the Genesee Regional Chamber is among the most influential in the state.

According to the Michigan Chamber of Commerce there are more than 300 chambers of commerce in Michigan. — G.G.

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