Granville Health System Receives Designation as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement SM

3/16/2010

Granville Health System Receives Designation as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement SM

 

OXFORD, NC (March 16, 2010) –Granville Health System (GHS) announced that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has designated Granville Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement are part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s expansion of its Blue Distinction® designation.

 

“When it comes to hip and knee replacement, there is compelling evidence that institutions with experience that also adhere to their care protocols deliver better outcomes," said Dr. Don Bradley, Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. "We're providing that information to our members to help them make informed choices about where to receive care proven to meet national quality standards."

 

This recognition sets Granville Health System as a top provider for these orthopaedic services in the Triangle area, including Oxford, Henderson, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and the surrounding areas. GHS was given this designation because it has demonstrated a commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients who undergo knee and hip replacement procedures.

 

The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from a national panel of expert physicians. To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, the following types of criteria were evaluated. More information on selection criteria is available at www.bcbs.com:

 

  • Established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency care, and a full range of patient support services with full accreditation by a CMS-deemed national accreditation organization
  • Experience and training of program surgeons, including case volume
  • Quality management programs, including surgical checklists as well as tracking and evaluation of clinical outcomes and process of care
  • Multi-disciplinary clinical pathways and teams to coordinate and streamline care, including transitions of care
  • Shared decision making and preoperative patient education


“Granville Health System has built its success on consistently delivering quality health care to our community,” said L. Lee Isley, GHS Chief Executive Officer. “The Blue Distinction Designation provides evidence of the outstanding care our medical team and staff provide on a daily basis.”

 

The Blue Distinction designation is awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and transplants. The program is part of the Association’s efforts to collaborate with physicians and medical facilities to improve the overall quality and safety of specialty care.

 

The additional Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement designations will bring the nation’s number of Blue Distinction designations to more than 1,600 – and this number is expected to increase in the coming years.

 

About Granville Health System

GHS provides quality care to more than 60,000 patients a year and has over 100 experienced physicians representing numerous specialties on its medical staff. The main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina, 27565. For more information about Granville Health System, visit GHS online at www.granvillemedical.com.

 

About BCBSNC:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.7 million members, including approximately 900,000 served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For 76 years, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Access BCBSNC online at www.bcbsnc.com.
 

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