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GHS Named a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement

 

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has chosen Granville Health System (GHS) as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip ReplacementSM. Blue Distinction® is a program that recognizes facilities that meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality. 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. Following are examples of just some of the criteria GHS met in order to earn this designation: 
  • An established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency care, and a full range of patient support services
  • An established knee and hip replacement program, performing required annual volumes for certain procedures
  • An experienced knee and hip replacement surgery team, including surgeons with board certification, subspecialty fellowship training, and case volumes that meet selection criteria
  • Preoperative patient education
  • Processes to support transitions of care
  • Multidisciplinary teams and clinical pathways to coordinate and streamline care
  • Use of an internal registry or database to track patient outcomes over time
  • Clinical outcomes for specific procedures that meet objective thresholds, such as complication rates and length of stay 
“When it comes to spine surgery and hip and knee replacement, there is compelling evidence that institutions with experience that also adhere to their care protocols deliver better outcomes,” says Don Bradley, M.D., 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 that's proven to meet national quality standards.”

 

Hospital Recognized as a Blue Distinction Center

 
Granville Medical Center was recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip ReplacementSM. This designation is awarded to facilities that have demonstrated an objective commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients who undergo knee and hip replacement procedures. These facilities have demonstrated experience in offering comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee replacement and total hip replacement. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) collaborated with expert physicians and medical organizations to determine the selection criteria for all Blue Distinction programs. Candidates for Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement must present clinical-based evidence to establish that they meet the selection criteria.