Parkridge Medical Center Designated As A Blue Distinction Center For Knee And Hip Replacement

Thursday, February 11, 2010

BlueCross and BlueShield of Tennessee has designated Parkridge Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement are part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s expansion of its Blue Distinction designation.

President and CEO Darrell Moore said, “Parkridge Medical Center is proud to be recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. This designation reflects our hospital’s outstanding commitment to quality patient care and outcomes.”

Parkridge Medical Center offers comprehensive knee and hip replacement services, including minimally invasive procedures such as partial knee replacement, anterior approach hip replacement, hip resurfacing and complex revision surgery.

Robert Mandel, MD, senior vice president of health care services for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, said, “We are constantly working on many fronts to improve the quality of health care delivery in our state and the Blue Distinction Centers program is one way to support this effort. We are pleased to award this designation and to provide the peace of mind to our members that comes from knowing that their health care facility has met the program’s rigorous standards of care.”

The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from a panel of expert physicians. To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, the following types of criteria were evaluated. More information on selection criteria is available on www.bcbs.com:

Established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency care, and a full range of patient support services with full accreditation by a CMS-deemed national accreditation organization;
Experience and training of program surgeons, including case volume;
Quality management programs, including surgical checklists as well as tracking and evaluation of clinical outcomes and process of care;
Multi-disciplinary clinical pathways and teams to coordinate and streamline care, including transitions of care;
Shared decision making and preoperative patient education

The Blue Distinction designation is awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and transplants. The program is part of The Blues efforts to collaborate with physicians and medical facilities to improve the overall quality and safety of specialty care.

The additional Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement designations will bring the nation’s number of Blue Distinction designations to more than 1,600, and this number is expected to increase in the coming years.


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