St. Joseph Health, Queen of the Valley Medical Center is excited to announce
that Blue Shield of California has recognized the hospital as a Blue Distinction
Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty
Blue Distinction Centers+ are nationally designated health care facilities
that show a commitment to delivering more affordable care and demonstrating
quality care, treatment expertise and better health outcomes.
Facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Knee and Hip Replacement
have demonstrated expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries,
resulting in fewer patient complications and readmissions.
“We are proud to receive this recognition,” said Larry Coomes,
chief executive officer at Queen of the Valley. “The designation
is a testament to our surgical and rehabilitation teams, who are committed
to delivering safe, compassionate care to our patients. Their expertise,
combined with the latest technology, ensures our patients receive exceptional
care each and every day.”
Last month, Queen of the Valley launched a new, innovative robotic-arm
assisted surgery option for knee replacement surgery. The technology,
which offers knee replacement patients a shorter hospital stay with better,
more predictable outcomes, further enhances the hospital’s orthopedics program.
Knee and hip replacement procedures remain some of the most commonly performed,
elective surgical procedures in the U.S. According to the Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality, more than 600,000
knee replacements and more than 300,000
hip replacements are performed each year in the United States.
The recognition is based on objective measures that were developed with
input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality
organizations. For more information about the program and for a complete
listing of designated facilities, visit