Hanover Hospital Named Blue Distinction Center + for Knee and Hip Replacement℠

S. Ecenbarger
Monday, February 15, 2016

 Capital Blue Cross has named Hanover Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+, for Knee and Hip Replacement.  The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care – which expanded recently to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety, as well as new cost-efficiency measures.


The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community and include general quality and safety metrics plus program specific metrics.  Hanover Hospital is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

Research confirms that the newly designated Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers.  Overall, Blue Distinction Centers+ also are more than 20 percent more cost-efficient than their peers. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed healthcare decisions.  These results will also enable employers, working with the local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality and cost objectives.


Hanover Hospital has 93 licensed beds and offers a full range of medical and surgical services to the people of the Greater Hanover area.  Ancillary services such as lab, imaging and rehabilitation are also offered at satellite facilities in South Hanover, Spring Grove, Littlestown and New Oxford.    An average of 112 total hip and 222 total knee replacement procedures are performed per year at Hanover Hospital.


“We are very happy to receive this designation which reflects the commitment of our physicians and nursing staff to ensure that our patients receive high quality cost-effective care,” said Michael Gaskins, Interim President and CEO, Hanover Hospital.   “We will strive to continually meet and exceed the quality measures required by this designation.”

For more information about Blue Distinction Centers+, please visitwww.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.