8 hospitals earn hip and knee Blue Distinction
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield has selected the following Sentara Healthcare hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program:
- Sentara CarePlex Hospital
- Sentara Leigh Hospital
- Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
- Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
- Sentara Obici Hospital
- Sentara RMH Medical Center
- Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
- Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community.
Knee and hip replacement procedures are among the fastest growing medical treatments in the U.S., according to studies published in the June 2014 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions. Designated hospitals must also maintain national accreditation.
Sentara is proud of these hospitals for being recognized by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for meeting the robust selection criteria for knee and hip replacements set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
“Sentara is dedicated to excellence and innovation in our Sentara OrthoJoint Center® programs,” said Carole Guinane, Vice President, Sentara Orthopedic Services. “We are committed to enhancing patient and family education about the joint replacement experience, enabling patients to return home quicker and improving their overall experience with us. And, we are thrilled Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield has recognized nearly every hospital in our system for our focus on quality care and customer service.”
Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery, and transplants, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver. For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.