Spine Premium Specialty Center 
Shannon Downing 
Friday, 24 October 2008 
San Luis Obispo (October 24, 2008) – Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a UnitedHealth Premium® Surgical Spine Specialty Center. The designation is awarded based on the facility’s commitment to quality healthcare on the Central Coast. UnitedHealth is among the top five health insurers in the United States. 

    Sierra Vista was selected among hospitals in the UnitedHealthcare network using criteria built on nationally recognized medical standards, such as being fully accredited by the Joint Commission and offering emergency service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A board of nationally recognized spine specialists evaluated the hospital’s criteria in a survey that the hospital voluntarily submitted. 

    The UnitedHealth Premium Specialty Centers program is designed to help patients make informed choices in selecting facilities that are high quality and cost efficient in the delivery of medical care.