March 31, 2010

Genesis Surgery Programs Recognized As “Blue Distinction Centers”

Information from Genesis Health System

Genesis Medical Center, Davenport has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement and for Spine Surgery by Wellmark BlueCross and BlueShield of Iowa.

Blue Distinction Centers are a select group of programs across the country meeting stringent standards of quality and patient outcomes. Genesis Medical Center, Davenport previously was designated a Blue Distinction Center“ for Bariatric Surgery and for Cardiac Care.

Genesis is the only regional health system to earn Blue Distinction Center designation in four programs and is the only regional health system to earn the distinctions for Cardiac Care, Spine Surgery and Bariatric Surgery.

Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement demonstrate an expertise in quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients, by meeting objective clinical measures developed in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations. Research indicates that when medical facilities follow these measures consistently, they have better overall results.

Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement provide comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries.

Blue Distinction Centers provide health care consumers with important information about quality of care and the outcomes of patients at Genesis,’’ said Jim Lehman, M.D., vice president of quality, Genesis Health System. “We consider Blue Distinction Center“ recognition as independent affirmation that we are providing care that meets the highest clinical standards.”

The Blue Distinction Centers designation is an important element in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies’ efforts to collaborate with doctors and hospitals to improve the quality and affordability of specialty care.

The goal of the Blue Distinction Centers is to give consumers the information they need about complex conditions, procedures and specialty care resources, empowering them to make more effective health-care decisions.

For more information on Genesis surgical programs with Blue Distinction Center designation, (563) 421-1000.

NOTE: Designation as Blue Distinction Centersmeans these facilities’ overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with the recommendations of leading professional organizations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan.