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Douglas County Hospital recognized for knee, hip replacement

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has designated Douglas County Hospital as a "Blue Distinction Center" for knee and hip replacement.

"Douglas County Hospital is very proud of our designation as a Blue Distinction Center," said Bill Flaig, hospital administrator. "This recognition highlights the outstanding orthopedic services and programs provided by the Heartland Orthopedic surgeons and the staff at Douglas County Hospital. We are fortunate to be able to provide this high level of orthopedic service for patients who require hip and knee replacement."

Douglas County Hospital offers comprehensive knee and hip replacement services, including knee replacement, UniKnee procedure, knee revision, hip replacement, hip revision, hip resurfacing, and mini-incision hip replacement.

"Blue Distinction puts a high value on research and evidence-based health and medical information," said Allan Korn, MD, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association chief medical officer. "Blue Distinction Centers show our commitment to working with doctors and hospitals in communities across the country to identify leading institutions that meet clinically validated quality standards and deliver better overall outcomes in patient care."

The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from a panel of expert physicians.

To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center, the following types of criteria were evaluated:

•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.

More information on selection criteria is available on

The Blue Distinction designation is awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare 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 Blues efforts to collaborate with physicians and medical facilities to improve the overall quality and safety of specialty care.