HOUSTON (February 2010)
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas has designated Park Plaza Hospital and Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center
for Spine Surgery and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement
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.
“The BCBS Blue Distinction is one of most rigorous evaluations of its kind, focused solely on exceptional patient care, and difficult to obtain,” said Phil Sowa, CEO of Park Plaza Hospital & Medical Center. “Our physicians and clinical staff are the best at what they do and this distinction validates the great care and customer service we provide our patients.”
Park Plaza Hospital and Medical Center offers comprehnsive spine surgery and knee and hip replacement services. Additional services include open reduction internal fixation of the hip and hip resurfacing, arthroplasty, discectomy without fusion and without compression and lumbar laminectomy and disc displacement.
“Blue Distinction Centers show our commitment to working with doctors and hospitals in communities across the state to identify leading institutions that deliver better overall outcomes in patient care,” says Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, vice president and chief medical officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. "With the number of patients undergoing surgeries and hospitalizations for spine, knee and hip conditions growing dramatically, it becomes increasingly important to help these patients and their physicians identify facilities that have experience in comprehensive care with the best outcomes in these areas, including post operative rehabilitation.”
The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from a panel of expert physicians. To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, the following types of criteria were evaluated. More information on selection criteria is available on www.bcbs.com:
- Established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency care, and a full range of patient support services with full accreditation by a CMS-deemed national accreditation organization
- Experience and training of program surgeons, including case volume
- Quality management programs, including surgical checklists as well as tracking and evaluation of clinical outcomes and process of care
- Multi-disciplinary clinical pathways and teams to coordinate and streamline care, including transitions of care
- Shared decision making and preoperative patient education
The Blue Distinction designation is awarded by the 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 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.
The additional Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery and Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement designations will bring the nation’s number of Blue Distinction designations to more than 1,600—and this number is expected to increase in the coming years.
About Park Plaza
Park Plaza Hospital and Medical Center, part of Tenet Texas, is a 444-bed acute care facility located at 1313 Hermann Drive in Houston, Texas. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Houston area for 30 years. Park Plaza Hospital provides a broad spectrum of medical and surgical services, including treatment of diabetes, cancer and other diseases, as well as orthopedics, cardiology, bariatrics and maternity care. The hospital’s outpatient rehabilitation programs promote a continuum of care for patients and their families. Park Plaza Hospital provides specialized care to senior adults in the Seniors Emergency Department and Inpatient Acute Care for the Elderly Unit. Park Plaza Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency, and has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. To learn more about Park Plaza Hospital, visit www.parkplazahospital.com.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas -- the only statewide, customer-owned health insurer in Texas – is the largest provider of health benefits in the state, working with nearly 40,000 physicians and 400 hospitals to serve over 4.5 million members in all 254 counties. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the country’s largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth largest health insurer overall. HCSC is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities’ overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians’ and leading professional organizations’ recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan.