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Published on March 22, 2013

St. Cloud Hospital Receives Blue Distinction Center+ designation for quality and efficiency

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota recently designated St. Cloud Hospital as a Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program in the areas of Spine Surgery+ and Knee and Hip+ Replacement for expertise in quality and cost efficiency in delivering specialty care.

As a Blue Distinction® Center+, St. Cloud Hospital meets or exceeds the overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, as well as cost measures that address consumers' need for affordable health care. Research confirms that Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ are also more than 20 percent more cost-efficient.

St. Cloud Hospital has the only Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery north of the Twin Cities, and is only one of three Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery in Minnesota.

"Being recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee, Hip and Spine Surgery assures consumers get the best quality at the best price," said Craig Broman, St. Cloud Hospital President. "Public indicators of quality, safety and value will become increasingly important as the health care industry transitions to a value-based reimbursement system, patients have increased responsibilities for co-pay and deductibles, and increasing transparency on quality, safety, service and value becomes available to patients and employers."

St. Cloud Hospital Center for Neuroscience (Spine)
St. Cloud Hospital's Center for Neuroscience, includes a wide array of services, with a strong focus on medical and surgical spine needs. From inpatient care, rehabilitation, to outpatient services, the care center is designed to enhance the quality of life for these patients. Through collaboration with Central Minnesota Neurosciences, CentraCare Clinic Neurosurgery, St. Cloud Orthopedics, and St. Cloud Hospital Rehabilitation Center, patients are provided the continuum of care necessary to achieve the best possible outcome.

St. Cloud Hospital Bone & Joint Center
The Bone & Joint Center, a collaborative effort of St. Cloud Hospital and St. Cloud Orthopedics, offers a full array of specialty and subspecialty care in total joint replacements, total joint revisions, spine surgery, hand/shoulder surgery and sports medicine.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today as a health company: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. Blue Cross is a not-for-profit, taxable organization. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Learn more about Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care.

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