Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana has designated Deaconess Hospital and Deaconess Gateway Hospital as Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care – which expanded recently to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety.
“We’re very pleased to receive the Blue Distinction designations,” said Linda White, president and CEO of Deaconess Health System. “Our patient-focused approach to all the services we provide means we are continually seeking ways to improve the quality and outcomes of our care. It’s an honor to have that hard work and commitment recognized by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and it‘s fulfilling to know that our patients are receiving care that meets their strict criteria.”
Since 2006, consumers, medical providers and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction program to identify hospitals delivering quality care in Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Care, Complex and Rare Cancers, Knee and Hip Replacements, Spine Surgery, and Transplants. The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community, and include general quality and safety metrics plus program specific metrics. Deaconess Hospital and Deaconess Gateway Hospital are proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.
“Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana is proud to recognize health care facilities that provide outstanding health care value based on their commitment to delivering better patient outcomes,” said Robert W. Hillman, Anthem president. “We congratulate Deaconess and appreciate the important role they play in providing quality medical services to Anthem’s members.”
Research confirms that the newly designated Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed healthcare decisions. These results will also enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality objectives.
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Deaconess Health System is a premiere provider of health care services in southwestern Indiana, western Kentucky and southeastern Illinois. The system includes six hospitals, located in southern Indiana: Deaconess Hospital, an acute care facility; The Women’s Hospital, serving the needs of women and infants; Deaconess Gateway Hospital, an acute care facility; Deaconess Cross Pointe, a behavioral health hospital; The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway, focusing solely on providing leading-edge inpatient and outpatient heart care services; and HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital, specializing in comprehensive medical rehabilitation. Also included in the system are a freestanding cancer center, a health system and physician owned managed care network of preferred hospitals and doctors, two ambulatory surgery centers, 19 ambulatory care sites, two urgent care facilities and multiple partnerships with other health care providers.