Temecula Valley Hospital earns Blue Distinction Center Designation for quality in knee and hip replacement surgeries

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Staff from Temecula Valley Hospital in the orthopedic and physical therapy departments earn Blue Distinction Center Designation for quality in knee and hip replacement surgeries. Valley News/Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – Blue Shield of California has selected Temecula Valley 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 health care facilities that show a commitment to delivering high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.

Knee and hip replacement procedures remain some of the most commonly performed, elective surgical procedures in the U.S., according to a 2018 study released by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. In 2014, there were 370,770 hip replacements and 680,150 knee replacements, according to American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ article, “Changing Demographics in Primary and Revision Total Joint Arthroplasty, 2000-2014” by Matthew Sloan and Neil P Sheth, March 6, 2018.

Temecula Valley Hospital was recognized by Blue Shield of California for meeting the robust selection criteria for knee and hip replacements set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

“This wonderful honor reiterates how strong our orthopedics program is at Temecula Valley Hospital, and that the community can trust the care that our hospital provides,” Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital said.

“The Blue Distinction program is an example of Blue Shield of California’s commitment to ensuring our members have access to high-quality specialty care delivered safely and effectively through our in-network providers,” Terry Gilliland, executive vice president of health care quality and affordability at Blue Shield of California, said. “We congratulate Temecula Valley Hospital on their Blue Distinction designation for knee and hip replacement surgeries.”

The Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, cellular immunotherapy, fertility care, gene therapy, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery, substance use treatment and recovery. Research for many of these programs shows that, compared to other providers, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate higher-quality and improved outcomes for patients.

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

For more information, visit www.temeculavalleyhospital.com.

Submitted by Temecula Valley Hospital.