Blue Distinction® Center for Knee and Hip Replacement

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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Good Samaritan Medical Center Has Been Designated as a Blue Distinction® Center for Knee and Hip ReplacementSM

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has recognized Good Samaritan Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. The Blue Distinction Program highlights hospitals with proven expertise in delivering specialty care. This notable program helps patients identify hospitals that have an established commitment to providing quality care along with better results and outcomes. Good Samaritan Medical Center offers comprehensive knee and hip replacement services, including total joint replacement of the arthritic knees, hips, shoulders and other joints. Good Samaritan’s was chosen as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement because of factors related to quality, safety, and efficiency.

Dr. Stephen McNeil, Chief of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery said, “The orthopedic service is proud of our total hip and knee program. We have an outstanding team.  The staffs from Same Day Surgery, the Operating Room, the Recovery Room and the orthopedic floor, all work together to achieve excellence in the care of our patients.”  McNeil continued, “We use state of the art implants for hip and knee replacement and we are proud of our results with low complication rates and high patient satisfaction rates.”

“Our Orthopedic program excels due to the skill of experienced community-based surgeons who partner with Good Samaritan,” said hospital President Jeffrey Liebman.  “ In addition to Stephen McNeil, MD, patients in the southeast region have access to Drs. Ray Pavlovich and David Worman of Orthopedic Care Specialists.  Together, they perform the majority of total hip and knee replacement surgeries and lead the clinical team at Good Samaritan that works together from pre-op to recovery.  This award is an honor and reassures our patients that they will receive quality care and treatment for their orthopedic surgical needs,” said Liebman.

To be designated as Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, the following types of criteria were evaluated.  More information on selection criteria is available on

Criteria for Designation as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement®

  • 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

“This designation assures both our patients and staff that we are meeting clinically validated quality standards. It also acknowledges our patient focused care and commitment,” said Marcy Carty, MD, VP of Medical Affairs at Good Samaritan Medical Center
The program is part of The Blues® efforts to collaborate with physicians and medical facilities to improve the overall quality and safety of specialty care. This collaboration helps doctors and patients make more informed hospital choices.

“We applaud Good Samaritan Medical Center ‘s recognition as a Blue Distinction Center,” said Tony Dodek, MD, Vice President of Medical Quality and Strategy, and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. “They should be commended for their commitment to providing high-quality, affordable specialty health care focused on improving patient safety and outcomes.”

The Blue Distinction Center designation, awarded by Blue Cross Blue Shield companies, also recognizes medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality care in areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, spine surgery and transplants.

Two other hospitals in the Steward network, Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River and Holy Family Hospital in Methuen also received Blue Distinction recognition for Knee and Hip Replacement as well as Spine Surgery.

About Good Samaritan Medical Center

Good Samaritan Medical Center, a member of Steward Health Care, is an acute-care hospital providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and emergency services to Brockton and 22 neighboring communities. The hospital offers Centers of Excellence care in oncology and cardiology, specialized care in surgery, family-centered obstetrics with level-two nursery, substance abuse and advanced diagnostic imaging. Further information is available at

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ( is a community-focused, tax-paying, not-for-profit health plan headquartered in Boston. We are committed to working with others in a spirit of shared responsibility to make quality health care affordable. Consistent with our corporate promise to always put our 2.8 million members first, we are rated among the nation’s best health plans for member satisfaction and quality.

Required Disclaimer
Blue Distinction® Centers met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction® Centers+ also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria is displayed on A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area. To find out which services and providers (including hospital based physicians) are covered under your policy, or to learn about Local Blue Plan Criteria, contact your Local Blue Plan; and contact your provider before making an appointment to verify its current Network and Blue Distinction Centers status. Each hospital’s Cost Index is calculated separately, based on data from its Local Blue Plan. Hospitals in portions of CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in areas served by two Local Blue Plans, resulting in two Cost Index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether all hospitals in these areas must meet Blue Distinction Centers+ national criteria for one or both Cost Index figures. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for damages, losses, or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers. To find out more, contact your Local Blue Plan.


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