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Iredell Memorial Hospital Designated as Blue Distinction® Center+ for Knee, Hip Replacement Surgeries


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.

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