Loma Linda University Medical Center Recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery® and Knee and Hip Replacement®

April 15, 2013

Select specialties receive recognition that is a national designation given to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care.

LOMA LINDA, CA (PRWEB) April 15, 2013

Blue Shield of California has named Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery® and a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement®.

Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care — which expanded recently to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety.

Loma Linda University Medical Center is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program. “We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of care to our patients,” said Lyndon Edwards, administrator of LLUMC East Campus, “and this recognition is a testament to that. Being recognized as a Blue Distinction Center is a tribute to the dedicated team who has played a role in the development of LLUMC´s comprehensive programs in spine surgery and knee and hip replacements. Their clinical expertise has resulted in better, overall results for our patients.”

Medical Providers and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction program to identify hospitals delivering quality care in numerous specialties since 2006. The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities was developed with input from the medical community and includes general quality and safety metrics. LLUMC has successfully met the rigorous selection criteria as set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care Program.

“Blue Distinction Centers set themselves apart by adhering to best practices in patient safety and surgical care and producing consistently strong outcomes with fewer complications,” says Marcus Thygeson, M.D., senior vice president and chief health officer for health care services at Blue Shield. “Blue Shield of California is pleased to recognize the high-quality care that Loma Linda University Medical Center and its physicians deliver.”

Research confirms that the newly designated Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better-informed healthcare decisions. These results will also enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality objectives.

Blue Distinction Centers+ not only meet the same quality criteria as Blue Distinction Centers, but they also go a step further. Hospitals receiving a Blue Distinction Center+ designation are also measured on how efficiently they deliver this high-quality patient care by being 20 percent more cost-efficient.

LLUMC offers comprehensive spine surgery services, as well as knee and hip replacement options that are available at LLUMC-East Campus. For more information about these specific services, please call 1-877-LLUMC-4U.


About Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC)

Loma Linda University Medical Center´s comprehensive health system includes the Loma Linda University Children´s Hospital, LLUMC — East Campus, Behavioral Medicine Center, Heart and Surgical Hospital, and physician clinics. LLUMC is widely respected as a health care leader and is known for its pioneering and cutting-edge work in such areas as organ transplants, proton treatment for cancers, cardiac care, physical rehabilitation, acute pediatric and adult care, as well as treatments for chemical dependence and other behavioral disorders. LLUMC is the largest and only Level 1 trauma Center in the San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo, and Mono counties, which covers over 40,000 square miles in Southern California. With a total of 974 beds, the Loma Linda University Health System includes the only children´s hospital in the region. Loma Linda University Medical Center sees over 30,000 inpatients and about 500,000 outpatient visits a year.

About Blue Shield of California -

Blue Shield of California, an independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health plan with three million members, 5,000 employees and $10.5 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1939 and headquartered in San Francisco, Blue Shield of California provides health, life, dental, vision, and Medicare insurance and health care service plans in California. Blue Shield of California was named one of the World´s Most Ethical Companies in 2012 and 2013. Since 2005, the company has contributed more than $200 million to Blue Shield of California Foundation, one of BusinessWeek’s most generous corporate foundations. Contact your local agent or broker about Blue Shield of California products and services, or visit http://www.blueshieldca.com.

Blue Distinction® Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction® Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers´ need for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria is displayed on http://www.bcbs.com. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area. For details on Local Blue Plan Criteria, a provider´s in-network status, or your own policy´s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan. Each hospital´s Cost Index is calculated with data from its Local Blue Plan. Hospitals in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans´ areas, resulting in two Cost Index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both Cost Index figures must meet BDC+ national criteria. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for damages or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.

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