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Crouse Hospital Earns Recognition as a Blue Distinction Center+(Plus) For Knee and Hip Replacement


BCBS_hipknee_newsCrouse Hospital has earned designation as a Blue Distinction Center+(Plus) for Knee and Hip Replacement® from Blue Cross Blue Shield. The national Blue Distinction Center program helps patients identify hospitals that have demonstrated a commitment to providing high-quality care and better outcomes for specialized care.

Blue Distinction Centers+ also have met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. The goal of the Blue Distinction program 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. BCBS collaborates with leading physicians and medical organizations to determine the selection criteria for all Blue Distinction programs.

According to Crouse Hospital’s Chief of Orthopedics Tim Izant, MD, this designation reflects the high level of expertise required for an outstanding orthopedic program, plus the hospital’s ability to provide services cost-effectively. “Our surgeons and clinical staff collaborate continuously to provide high-quality, patient-focused care,” states Dr. Izant.

“Not only do we offer a wide range of orthopedic procedures, but we’re also privileged to have some of the region’s most qualified and experienced surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, technologists and physical rehabilitation therapists, all of whom collaborate on achieving excellent care coordination and patient outcomes.”

Dr. Izant notes that the hospital’s designation as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement is an honor that is well earned. “Research shows that patients who get specialty treatment at Blue Distinction Centers have shown better results, including fewer medical complications, fewer readmissions and better patient outcomes. Crouse’s ‘plus’ designation also demonstrates that this is achievable while meeting strict cost-of-care criteria.”

Crouse Hospital’s joint replacement outcomes exceed national averages, with patients going home after 2.75 days, compared to the national average of 3.34 days. The program offers full and partial knee replacement; traditional and direct anterior surgical approaches; computer-assisted knee replacement and robotically assisted techniques; shoulder replacement; orthopedic spine surgery; trauma-related orthopedic surgery and minimally invasive procedures.

Crouse also offers Hip Today, Home Tomorrow, an innovative program developed by Dr. Izant that provides an alternative to traditional inpatient joint replacement surgery, with just one overnight stay that includes the entire spectrum of surgical, nursing, physical therapy and outpatient rehabilitation care.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is part of a family of companies that finances and delivers vital health care services to about 1.5 million people across upstate New York. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield provides access to high-quality, affordable health coverage, including valuable health-related resources that our members use every day, such as cost-saving prescription drug discounts and wellness tracking tools.

Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Each facility’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Facilities in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.

Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232

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