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Peninsula Regional Named Blue Distinction Center for Hip/Knee Replacement and Spine Surgery

Peninsula Regional Medical Center has been designated by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield as a Blue Distinction Center for Hip and Knee Replacement and a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery. Blue Distinction is a designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality, safe health care. “Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Orthopaedic and Neuroscience division is committed to focusing on the core elements of excellence,” stated Warner Crumb, Executive Director of Orthopaedics and Neurosciences. “Through collaboration among surgeons, administration, and nursing, we are continuing a culture of performance improvement that leads to an exceptional patient experience and exceptional patient outcomes.”

Peninsula Regional Medical Center is one of just 14 hospitals out of 52 in the state of Maryland to earn the Hip and Knee Blue Distinction designation. The Blue Distinction designation for Spine Surgery was awarded to just 11 hospitals in Maryland, and is exclusive to Peninsula Regional on the Delmarva Peninsula.

“At Peninsula Regional we believe these designations will serve as a catalyst, driving strong programs like ours to become even better,” stated Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, Dr. M., FACHE, and President/CEO. “Over 500 patients receive a hip or knee replacement each year at our Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Center, more here than at any other Delmarva hospital. With the recent addition of spine surgeon Scott McGovern, MD to our Orthopaedic and Neurosciences team and the creation of the Peninsula Spine Center later this year, our surgical spine program is expanding to offer patients additional sophisticated and complex services and procedures that only Peninsula Regional will be providing in our region.” Dr. McGovern, who is fellowship trained at UCLA, also completed an internship and residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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.

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.

Blue Distinction Center designations provide consumers with a framework for making informed decisions on where to go for specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, hip and knee replacement, spine surgery, complex and rare cancers, and transplants. “Blue Distinction puts a high value on research and evidence-based health and medical information,” said Allan Korn, MD, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Chief Medical Officer. “Blue Distinction Centers show our commitment to working with doctors and hospitals in communities across the country to identify leading institutions, like Peninsula Regional Medical Center, that meet clinically validated quality standards and deliver better overall outcomes in patient care.”

Some of the additional services offered by Peninsula Regional’s Orthopaedic and Neurosciences division that contributed to these Blue Distinction Center designations include a unit designated specifically to the care of the hip/knee replacement and spine surgery patients, pre and post-operative functional assessments, seven day a week and twice daily rehabilitation sessions, readiness for discharge assessment and 24/7 inpatient pharmacy services.

At 358 acute care beds, 30 transitional care beds and 28 newborn beds, Peninsula Regional is the region’s largest, most advanced tertiary care facility, and has been meeting the health care needs of Delmarva Peninsula residents since 1897. Its 3,300 physicians, staff and volunteers provide safe, compassionate and affordable care designed to exceed the expectations of the nearly 500,000 patients who rely on the Medical Center team each year for inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, subacute and emergency/trauma services. At 113 years, it is the region’s oldest health care institution with the most experienced team of health care professionals.

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 contact your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield plan.