April 14, 2016

Faith Regional Earns Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Surgeries

Blue Distinction Center Knee and Hip ReplacementBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has selected Faith Regional Health Services as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, 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., according to studies published in the June 2014 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery1 and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2.

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.
Faith Regional Health Services is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield for meeting the robust selection criteria for knee and hip replacements set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

“We are very excited to have received this distinction recognizing our commitment to providing exemplary care to our patients undergoing total joint replacement,” said Candi Emanuel, Executive Director of Surgical Services, Wound Care Center and Radiology. “This distinction recognizes everyone’s efforts within the total joint program for their focus on quality and helping the patient to have the best possible outcome.”

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.

“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska commends Faith Regional Health Services for being designated a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement.  We’re glad to offer our members high quality knee and hip replacement at this facility, and this recognition affirms their ability to deliver that care,” Deb Esser, MD, Quality Medical Director said.

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit