In March, St. Elizabeth Medical Center was named a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement® from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield for demonstrating better overall quality of care and patient results in knee and hip replacement surgery.
Blue Distinction® is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery or transplants.
To earn this designation, St. Elizabeth Medical Center was evaluated based on an objective, evidence-based selection criteria established with input from expert physicians and medical organizations. The goal of Blue Distinction is to identify medical facilities that deliver better overall quality and medical outcomes for a specific area of specialty care, helping patients and doctors to make more informed hospital choices.
In 2010, 448 knee and hip-replacement surgeries were performed at St. Elizabeth. Forty-four percent of the Orthopedic nursing staff has received board certification in orthopedic nursing. Orthopedic pain-reduction techniques have also improved ambulation and recovery time. In addition, St. Elizabeth Medical Center is the only hospital in the region to receive Excellus Quality Leader Status in 2010 for achieving a benchmark level of performance in reducing hospital-acquired infections.Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan; and call your provider before making an appointment, to verify the most current information on its Network participation and Blue Distinction status. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any of its Licensees are responsible for any damages, losses, or non-covered charges that may result from using this resource or receiving care from a Blue Distinction provider.