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The Miriam Hospital Receives Blue Distinction Center Designation for Knee and Hip Replacement


The Blue Distinction® designation aids consumers and employers in choosing high-performing hospitals

Blue Distinction

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) has named The Miriam Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center in Knee and Hip Replacement. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care – which expanded recently to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety.

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 selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community, and include general quality and safety metrics plus program specific metrics. The Miriam Hospital is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

“We are extremely honored to receive this achievement only a year after opening the doors to our Total Joint Center,” said Arthur J. Sampson, president of The Miriam Hospital. “The success of our program is a direct reflection of the tremendous dedication and expertise of our surgeons, doctors, nurses, physical therapists and staff who go above and beyond every day to provide exemplary orthopedic care, from consultation to surgery and all the way through to recovery.”

"Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is continually collaborating with our provider partners to identify and support programs that improve patient outcomes, deliver safe and efficient care, and encourage innovation,” said Peter Andruszkiewicz, president and CEO for BCBSRI. “We congratulate The Miriam Hospital on earning this designation and the Total Joint Center’s commitment to high-quality specialty services and outstanding patient care for Rhode Island residents.”

Research confirms that the newly designated Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed healthcare decisions. These results will also enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality objectives.

The Total Joint Center at The Miriam Hospital is a center of excellence dedicated to providing state-of-the-art specialized procedures, rehabilitation and care to restore function to damaged hips, knees and shoulders.