The Blue Distinction® Designation Aids Consumers and Employers in Choosing High-Performing HospitalsApril 08 2013
Lincoln, Neb. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has named Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center+ in Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement.
The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program awards medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care.
“This designation is a tribute to the dedicated team of physicians, nurses, technicians and therapists who provide the highest level of quality and efficiency in our knee, hip and spine programs,” said Brenda Stutzman, director, orthopaedics. “Their dedication to the care of our patients resulted in Saint Elizabeth receiving this distinction.”
Research confirms that the newly designated Blue Distinction Center+ -- the highest Blue Distinction recognition – demonstrates better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. A Blue Distinction Center+ is also more than 20 percent more cost-efficient.
Since 2006, consumers, medical providers and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction program to identify hospitals delivering high-quality specialty care. The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community, and includes general quality and safety metrics plus program specific metrics.
James Gallentine, MD, orthopaedic surgeon adds, “the Blue Distinction Center+ award demonstrates the commitment of the staff at Saint Elizabeth to meet the high standards and rigorous criteria set by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.”
The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed health care decisions. These results will also enable employers, working with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality objectives.
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