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Weiss Memorial Hospital Earns National Recognition for Distinction in Knee and Hip Replacement

Apr 29, 2011

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Catherine Gianaro
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CHICAGO—April 29, 2011—Weiss Memorial Hospital and its Chicago Center for Orthopedics (CCO) has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement® from BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois for demonstrating better overall quality of care and patient results in knee and hip replacement.

Blue Distinction is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery or transplants.

To earn this designation, Weiss was evaluated based on an objective, evidence-based selection criteria established with input from expert physicians and medical organizations. The goal of Blue Distinction is to identify medical facilities that deliver better overall quality and medical outcomes for a specific area of specialty care, helping patients and doctors to make more informed hospital choices.

Henry Finn, M.D., F.A.C.S., internationally recognized for his skill in hip and knee replacement surgery, leads an eight-surgeon specialty team at the CCO at Weiss. Dr. Finn was listed twice among “America’s Top Physicians” in Orthopaedic Surgery, Joint Replacement, and the Consumers’ Research Council of America’s Guide to America’s Top Physicians. In addition, Dr. Finn has received numerous times the distinguished honor from his peers as "Chicago’s Top Doctors" in Chicago magazine. This year, Weiss also made the U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings for its “high performing” orthopedics specialty. Annually, the CCO at Weiss performs more than 800 knee & hip surgeries, the most procedures among community hospitals in the Chicago market—about half of them are knee and hip replacement procedures.

“As we redefine the practice of orthopedics here, this latest distinction from BlueCross Blue Shield shows our multidisciplinary teams of dedicated physicians and clinicians have made the patient experience our priority—especially those focused on knee and hip replacement—which has produced excellent outcomes,” said Dr. Finn, medical director of the CCO at Weiss and professor of surgery at the University of Chicago.

“Working together in this area of specialty care has resulted in better overall results for our patients,” said Lynette Wilkos-Prostran, orthopedics service line director at Weiss.

“Our Blue Distinction program recognizes hospitals that demonstrate higher levels of performance in providing better specialty care for patients," said Dennis Mele, network manager at BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois. “Improving quality of care is integral to transforming the healthcare system. Facilities like Weiss are helping Chicago achieve this by offering patients safe specialty care delivered by medical teams with expertise.”

Blue Distinction selection criteria cover a broad range of quality measures and are publicly available on www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction. By earning the designation, Weiss has demonstrated:

  • An established program, performing required annual volumes for certain procedures
  • Appropriate experience of its care team
  • Full facility accreditation by a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services—deemed national accreditation organization
  • Adherence to evidence-based clinical care measures and guidelines
  • A comprehensive quality management program

“Blue Distinction puts a high value on the consistent delivery of evidence-based care,” said Dr. Allan Korn, chief medical officer of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. “Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate our commitment to working with doctors and hospitals in communities across the country to identify leading institutions that meet objective quality criteria and deliver better overall outcomes in specialty patient care.”