Wythe County Community Hospital Earns Blue Distinction® Center Designation for Quality in Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries

March 23, 2016

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has selected Wythe County Community Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community.

 Knee and hip replacement procedures are among the fastest growing medical treatments in the U.S., according to studies published in the June 2014 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery* and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons**.

Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions. Designated hospitals must also maintain national accreditation. 

Wythe County Community Hospital is proud to be recognized by Anthem Blue Cross/Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for meeting the robust selection criteria for knee and hip replacements set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

"We're very pleased with this well-earned recognition achieved by Wythe County Community Hospital's program, for the high-quality, cost effective orthopedic services," said Chad Melton, CEO. "It's a reflection of our exceptional medical staff and hospital employees who are committed to creating the best experience for our patients."

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery, and transplants, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver. 

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.
 

* J Bone Joint Surg Am, The Role of Overweight and Obesity in Relation to the More Rapid Growth of Total Knee Arthroplasty Volume Compared with Total Hip Arthroplasty Volume, 2014 Jun 04; 96 (11): 922 -928. http://dx.doi.org/10.2106/JBJS.L.01731

** American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Annual Incidents of Common Musculoskeletal Procedures and Treatment, 2014 March; http://www.aaos.org/research/stats/CommonProceduresTreatments-March2014.pdf 

About Wythe County Community Hospital

Wythe County Community Hospital is part of LifePoint Hospitals®, a leading hospital company dedicated to providing quality healthcare services close to home, Wythe County Community Hospital is a 100 - bed acute care hospital that serves the residents of Wythe and Bland counties, and is fully accredited by JCAHO, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The hospital offers 24-hour Emergency Care, Surgical Services, Extended Care Services, Intensive Care, Women's Services, Radiology Services, Rehabilitation Services, Hospice, Home Health, Cardiology, Respiratory, Cancer Services, Pastoral Care and Community/Occupational Education. For more information on Wythe County Community Hospital, visit www.WCCHcares.com

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