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Published on October 02, 2013

Abington Memorial Hospital Receives Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Quality and Efficiency in Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement

The Blue Distinction® Designation Aids Consumers and Employers in Choosing High-Performing Hospitals

ABINGTON, PA (October  2,  2013)—Independence Blue Cross has named Abington Memorial Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ in both Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement. The 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, as well as new cost-efficiency measures.

Since 2006, consumers, medical providers and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction program to identify hospitals delivering quality care in Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Care, Complex and Rare Cancers, Knee and Hip Replacements, Spine Surgery and Transplants. The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community and include general quality and safety metrics plus program specific metrics.  Abington Memorial Hospital is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

“This designation helps confirm the depth and breadth of our orthopaedic program,” says Andrew Star, M.D., medical director, Orthopaedic and Spine Institute, Abington Health. “We are pleased to achieve this designation, but most importantly, we are privileged to be able to bring relief from back pain and joint pain to so many people in the Delaware Valley in a high quality, efficient manner.”

“The addition of the Blue Distinction Centers+ is yet another way we’re transforming the delivery of health care by focusing on improving quality and lowering costs,” said Richard Snyder, M.D., Independence Blue Cross chief medical officer. “Our region is fortunate to have many high-quality hospitals, and the Blue Distinction+ designation can help consumers find safe, high-quality, and now cost-effective care.”

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. Blue Distinction Centers+ also are more than 20 percent more cost-efficient. 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 and cost objectives.

About Abington Memorial Hospital

Abington Memorial Hospital is a 665-bed, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 900 physicians and more than 5,500 employees. These professionals provide medical care and health services to residents of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

A regional provider, Abington Memorial Hospital has the only Level II accredited trauma center in Montgomery County and offers highly specialized services in cardiac care, cancer care, neurosciences, orthopaedics and maternal/child health.

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