Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Surgery


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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has designated The Nebraska Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine SurgerySM and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip ReplacementSM. Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery and Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement are part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's expansion of its Blue Distinction® designation.

"It is an honor to be recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement," said Kevin Garvin, M.D., chairperson and professor of the Orthopaedic Surgery Department. "The designation validates the care we provide to patients afflicted with arthritic conditions of the hip and knee." Orthopaedic surgeons at The Nebraska Medical Center perform primary and complex hip and knee replacements on patients with arthritis, problems with joint disease from trauma, childhood hip and knee diseases and prosthetic joint infections.

The Blue Distinction designation is awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care 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.

"We want to recognize and reward those network providers who are setting new standards of excellence in the quality of health care," said Bill Minier, MD, chief medical officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. "We are pleased at the level of outstanding specialty care available to our members right here in our state."

Learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield's Blue Distinction® program.