Mon General Hospital has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip
Replacement ® by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia. This
distinction recognizes Mon General Hospital for demonstrating a commitment to
providing quality care and better overall outcomes for knee and hip
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.
earn this designation, Mon General Hospital 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.
Hospital features one of the largest groups of orthopedic surgeons of any
hospital in the State of West Virginia and currently performs
approximately 3,600 orthopedic procedures annually, including knee and
hip replacements. The number of orthopedic procedures performed at the
hospital has increased 20 percent during the past five years.
continued growth expected in orthopedic procedures as the area’s
population ages, Mon General Hospital opened a new
Orthopedic Surgery Center in January 2012. The new center features four operating
suites, an eight bed recovery area and a 13-bed holding area for pre-
and post-operation care. The new center will include space to add two
additional operating rooms in the future as volume expands.
“This Blue Distinction designation is a tribute to the
dedicated team of physicians, nurses, technicians and therapists who
helped develop Mon General Hospital’s comprehensive programs in Knee and Hip
Replacement,” said Mon Health System President and CEO Darryl Duncan.
“Their clinical expertise in this area of specialty care has resulted in
better overall results for our patients.
distinction also reinforces our decision to build a new Orthopedic
Surgery Center to meet the area’s growing need for more modern operating
rooms to treat complex orthopedic cases,” Duncan said. “We have one of
the best orthopedic surgery teams in the state and soon will have one of
the most modern Orthopedic Surgery Center’s in the region.”
Blue Distinction program recognizes hospitals that demonstrate higher
levels of performance in providing better specialty care for patients,"
said Fred Earley, President of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West
Virginia. “Improving quality of care is integral to transforming the
healthcare system. Facilities like Mon General Hospital are helping the
North-Central West Virginia area achieve this by offering patients safe
specialty care delivered by medical teams with expertise.”
Distinction selection criteria cover a broad range of quality measures.
By earning the designation, Mon General 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 (CMS)-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 (BCBSA). “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.”
Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and
Hip Replacement provide comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement
services, including total knee replacement and total hip replacement
To learn more about the Blue Distinction designation, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.