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 both been named a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement and a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery.

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.

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.

In 2010 and 2013, both hospitals were named as Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement and Spine Surgery. This designation continues the hospitals’ reputation as high-quality surgical centers, following a 2015 ranking from CareChex®, a division of Comparion that evaluates hospitals on multiple components of quality, which named Holston Valley as No. 1 in the Tri-Cities for medical excellence in spinal fusion and Bristol Regional as No. 1 in the Tri-Cities for patient safety in spinal fusion and spinal 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 health care professionals to improve the overall quality and delivery of care nationwide.

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

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