Iredell Health System is pleased to announce that Iredell Memorial Hospital
has been designated as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Knee and Hip
Replacement Surgeries, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
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. 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. In addition to meeting these quality thresholds, hospitals
designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ are on average 20 percent more
cost-efficient in an episode of care compared to other hospitals.
Quality is key: only those facilities that first meet nationally established,
objective quality measures will be considered for designation as a Blue
Distinction Center+. Iredell Memorial Hospital is proud to be recognized
for meeting the robust selection criteria for knee and hip replacements
set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
“Our team has worked very hard to earn this designation, and we’re
proud to say that we are the only hospital in Iredell County with this
designation,” said Ed Rush, Chief Executive Officer of Iredell Health
System. “The care of our patients is always first priority at Iredell
Memorial, and this recognition demonstrates how our employees and medical
staff work continuously to provide the highest quality of care for the
best patient outcomes.”
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. Iredell Memorial
was also recently named a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care.
“We’re doing the homework for our customers by putting a spotlight
on hospitals and facilities that offer high quality services at a fair
price.” said Dr. Brian Caveney, chief medical officer of BCBSNC.
“With health care costs continuing to rise, patients want to know
how much value they are getting for their health care dollar. Identifying
which providers meet or exceed industry standards is an important part
of that equation.”
For more information, please contact Meagan Kowalski at 704.878.7447.