Wellmont Hospitals Recognized By BlueCross BlueShield Of Tennessee For Quality Outcomes

Two Wellmont Health System hospitals have been recognized for exceptional patient outcomes and cost efficiencies by BlueCross® BlueShield® of Tennessee.

Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center have been named a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip ReplacementSM and a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery®.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee said Blue Distinction Centers+ meet national criteria for quality care and have a cost structure that addresses consumers' need for affordable health care. Blue Distinction Centers identify hospitals that outperform peer facilities in safety and quality.

"With this third-party validation of our services, our patients can be certain they're getting the best possible care, delivered in the most economical way," said Tracey Moffatt, Wellmont's chief operating officer. "We're proud of our caregivers for helping us attain this honor and pleased BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has recognized Holston Valley's and Bristol Regional's delivery of superior health care."

Holston Valley and Bristol Regional each have an Every Step Joint Replacement Center, offering a comprehensive program of education and peer support to help surgery patients recover. Both hospitals also provide an array of innovative spine surgery services.

"We're thrilled these programs have achieved so much respect, but we will remain focused on elevating patient care to the next level of excellence," Moffatt said. "We remain committed to delivering the best health care anywhere."

This is the second time Holston Valley and Bristol Regional have received this honor. In 2010, both hospitals were named as Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement and Spine Surgery.

Since 2006, consumers, 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 program's goal is to help consumers find quality specialty care consistently, while enabling and encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the overall quality and delivery of care nationwide.

Details about these designations are publicly available. For more information, please visit http://www.bcbs.com/why-bcbs/blue-distinction/ or www.wellmont.org.