Menorah Medical Center
June 13, 2013

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) has named Menorah Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center in 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.  This brings the total of Blue Distinction Centers in Knee and Hip Replacement to nine in the Kansas City area. Menorah Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private sector employer. 

“I would like to congratulate Menorah Medical Center for being named a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement,” says David Gentile, Blue KC President and Chief Executive Officer. “The distinction recognizes Menorah and others in the community that have met Blue Distinction’s nationally established and objective quality measures.” 

Since 2006, consumers, medical 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 plus program specific metrics. Menorah Medical Center is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program. 

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City,” says Steve Wilkinson, FACHE, Menorah Medical Center president and chief executive officer. “As a Blue Distinction Center in Knee and Hip Replacement, our physicians offer this community the best medical treatment available, for chronic knee and hip injuries.” 

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. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed healthcare decisions. These results will also enable employers, working with their local Blue Plans, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality objectives. 

“As an orthopedic surgeon with Menorah Medical Center, I greatly appreciate this new designation from Blue KC,” says Aakash Shah, MD, board-certified in orthopedic surgery, with Kansas City Spine and Sports Medicine, Midwest Physicians, part of HCA Midwest Health System. “It recognizes the stellar care that our physicians provide their patients, every day.” 

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