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Rex Healthcare Designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement®

May 17, 2011

Contact: Melody Hunter-Pillion
(919) 784-4467

RALEIGH, N.C. - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has designated Rex Healthcare as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. Rex Healthcare is among a select number of organizations statewide with this designation.

The Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement are specialty facilities that meet strict national quality standards. Doctors and facilities recognized by this program are fully accredited, have proven experience performing specialty procedures and have demonstrated consistent high quality in several categories: delivery of care, patient safety, favorable patient outcomes and reduced complications rates.

Learn more about Knee & Hip replacement from the Orthopedics team at Rex

"Rex is honored to be recognized by BCBSNC as a leading facility in the area of knee and hip replacement," said Linda Butler, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Rex Healthcare. "Service excellence and patient satisfaction are our top priorities at Rex, We are pleased BCBSNC is has recognized our high quality efforts and is continuing their efforts to help patients make informed choices about where to find the best care in their area."

Rex Healthcare provides a full range of orthopedic services, diagnostic imaging, a dedicated orthopedic inpatient unit, rehabilitation services, two long-term skilled nursing care facilities and four wellness centers. Medical staff includes 40 orthopedic surgeons, six physiatrists and 17 podiatrists. In a national study by HCIA, Rex was named a Top 100 Hospital in orthopedic excellence and has received accreditation for its rehab program from the Commission on Accreditation of podiatrists.

"When it comes to hip and knee replacement, there is compelling evidence that institutions with experience that also adhere to their care protocols deliver better outcomes," said Dr. Don Bradley, Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. "We're providing that information to our members to help them make informed choices about where to receive care proven to meet national quality standards."

This is Rex's second designation from BCBSNC. The hospital was also named as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery® in August 2010.

Blue Distinction is a designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care. The designation is based on rigorous, evidence-based selection criteria established in collaboration with expert physicians' and medical organizations recommendations. The Blue Distinction Center designation provides consumers with a framework for making informed decisions on where to go for specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, and transplants.

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.