The following news release is from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, announcing hospitals selected for its Blue Distinction honors:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas congratulates six hospitals in its service area for being recognized by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program in the areas of Spine Surgery and/or Knee and Hip Replacement.
The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program, which began in 2006, expanded recently to include new cost-efficiency measures, as well as more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety. Blue Distinction Centers are recognized for their expertise in delivering quality specialty care while Blue Distinction Centers+SM are recognized for their expertise in quality and cost efficiency in delivering specialty care.
“Earning the Blue Distinction designation is not easy. It takes a tremendous commitment to quality in all phases of a hospital’s specialty care program to meet Blue Distinction’s nationally established, objective measures,” said Andrew C. Corbin, BCBSKS president/CEO. “Only six hospitals in our 103-county service area have successfully gone through the rigors of achieving such designation, and they are to be congratulated. It is impressive that four of these six hospitals were further recognized for attaining cost efficiency in delivering this high-quality care.”
These hospitals have earned Blue Distinction Center+ recognition for their expertise in quality and cost efficiency in the following specialties:
Labette Health, Parsons, Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement SM
· St. Francis Health Center, Topeka, Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement; Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery SM
· Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, Wichita, Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement
Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement; Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery
These hospitals have earned Blue Distinction Center recognition for their expertise in delivering quality care in the following specialties:
Mercy Regional Health Center, Manhattan, Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement®
· Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Topeka, Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement; Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery®