February 2010

Hospitals Named Blue Distinction Centers


Several CHI hospitals have received the Blue Distinction Center designation from members of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Alegent Health, Omaha, NE; Jewish Hospital and Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, Louisville, KY; Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, IA; and Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, NE were designated Blue Distinction Centers for knee and hip replacement. Jewish Hospital was also designated a Blue Distinction Center for spine surgery. The Blue Distinction designation may be awarded to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and transplants.