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Advocate BroMenn Earns Recognition for Spine, Joint Replacement Surgeries

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery®  and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement® from BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois for demonstrating better overall quality of care and patient results in spinal surgeries and joint replacements.

Blue Distinction® is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care in specific areas.  Blue Distinction Centers for spine surgery and knee and hip replacement are awarded to medical facilities exhibiting a commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients. These facilities offer experienced, comprehensive inpatient spine surgery services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures, as well as comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee and total hip replacement.

To earn these designations, BroMenn Medical Center was evaluated based on an objective, evidence-based selection criteria established with input from expert physicians and medical organizations. The goal of Blue Distinction is to identify medical facilities that deliver better overall quality and medical outcomes for a specific area of specialty

 "This designation is a tribute to the dedicated team of physicians, nurses, technicians and therapists who helped develop BroMenn's comprehensive programs in neurosurgery and orthopedics," said hospital president Colleen Kannaday. "Their clinical expertise in these areas of specialty care has resulted in better overall results for our patients."

"Blue Distinction puts a high value on the consistent delivery of evidence-based care," said Dr. Allan Korn, chief medical officer of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). "Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate our commitment to working with doctors and hospitals in communities across the country to identify leading institutions that meet objective quality criteria and deliver better overall outcomes in specialty patient care."



About Blue Distinction

Blue Distinction selection criteria cover a broad range of quality measures and are publicly available on By earning the designation, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center has demonstrated:

•·      An established program, performing required annual volumes for certain procedures

•·      Appropriate experience of its care team

•·      Full facility accreditation by a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-deemed national accreditation organization

•·      Adherence to evidence-based clinical care measures and guidelines

•·      A comprehensive quality management program


To learn more about the Blue Distinction designation, visit


About Advocate BroMenn Medical Center

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, located in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, has been serving and caring for the people of central Illinois for more than 115 years. As the health care leader in McLean County, BroMenn provides healing and discovery, while simultaneously offering the warm touch of professional caregivers who form the BroMenn family.

A 221-bed hospital renowned for its neuro, cardiac, orthopedic and women's services, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center is also a teaching facility, offering residency programs in Neurosurgery, Family Practice and Clinical Pastoral Education. The facility has won several awards for clinical quality and patient satisfaction.   BroMenn also has several active partnerships with other organizations, including a cancer center, an Advanced MRI site, a sleep disorders center, an addiction recovery unit, and an assisted living facility.


About Advocate Health Care

Advocate Health Care, one of the nation's top 10 health systems, based on clinical performance, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 10 acute care hospitals, two integrated children's hospitals, five Level I trauma centers (the state's highest designation in trauma care),two Level II trauma centers, one of the area's largest home health care companies and one of the region's largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its three major teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $462 million in charitable care and services to communities in 2009.


Note:  Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations.  Individual outcomes may vary.  To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan; and call your provider before making an appointment, to verify the most current information on its Network participation and Blue Distinction status.  Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any of its Licensees are responsible for any damages, losses, or non-covered charges that may result from using this resource or receiving care from a Blue Distinction provider.



Contact:  Eric Alvin

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