JULY 17, 2013 - Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, Ill. has been recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois as a Blue Distinction Center+ for knee and hip replacement. Blue Distinction Centers have a proven track-record for delivering better results – including fewer complications and readmissions – than hospitals without these recognitions.
The Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program is a national designation program that recognizes hospitals shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community. Recognition is based on criteria that directly impact patient results, such as surgical team expertise and a history of better outcomes for patients.
Blue Distinction Centers+ such as Advocate South Suburban Hospital not only meet the same quality criteria as Blue Distinction Centers, they also have been measured on how efficiently and cost-effectively they deliver this high-quality patient care. The hospital’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence program features an expert and experienced clinical team, a nurse navigator, free joint camp to prepare patients for surgery and comprehensive rehabilitation services.
“We are very proud that our Orthopedic Center of Excellence’s ability to provide the highest quality outcomes and service has been validated by the Blue Distinction recognition,” said Richard Multack, D.O. vice president of medical management at Advocate South Suburban Hospital. “This is yet another example of how we deliver on our commitment to our healing mission in our community.”
Earlier this summer, Advocate South Suburban Hospital Hazel was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The hospital also recently earned the MIDAS+ Platinum Quality Award for clinical excellence for the third consecutive year.
Advocate South Suburban Hospital and other Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement and provide complete inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries.
If their joints have suffered damage from arthritis or injury, many people find it difficult to complete everyday activities such as walking or climbing stairs. Whether patients are exploring treatment options with their physician or have already decided to have knee or hip replacement surgery, the Blue Distinction Center program can help find the right hospital for the specific procedure they need.