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Four local hospitals receive distinction

Four hospitals in the Rochester area are being recognized by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

Unity, Highland and Rochester General hospitals are being recognized for their knee and hip replacement programs, and Strong Memorial Hospital for its spine surgery program.

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 Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program expanded recently to include new cost-efficiency measures, as well as more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety.

The four hospitals are being recognized for their expertise in quality and cost efficiency in delivering specialty care. Research confirms 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 are also more than 20 percent more cost-efficient. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed healthcare decisions.

For more information and a list, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.