May 24, 2013
Tampa Bay, FL. – Florida Blue has named Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point as a Blue Distinction Center in the areas of 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.
Since 2006, consumers, providers and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction program to identify hospitals delivering quality care in bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery and transplants. The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community and include general quality and safety metrics as well as program specific metrics. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria that have been set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.
Research indicates 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. The program provides consumers with tools to make better informed healthcare decisions.