11 Nebraska Hospitals Named Blue Distinction Centers

Blue Distinction® Designation Aids Consumers in Choosing
High-Performing Hospitals

OMAHA (May 31, 2013) – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has recognized 11 Nebraska hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers in the areas of knee and hip replacements, and spine surgery.

Blue Distinction Centers are part of a national designation program recognizing hospitals that meet quality-focused criteria surrounding patient safety and outcomes. For those hospitals that meet these quality standards and demonstrate cost-efficiency, they are recognized as a Blue Distinction Centers+.

The 11 Nebraska hospitals recognized are: (Blue Distinction Centers+ = BDC+, Blue Distinction Center = BDC)
  • Nebraska Spine Hospital (Omaha) – BDC+: Spine Surgery
  • Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center (Lincoln) – BDC+: Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacements
  • The Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha) - BDC+: Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacements
  • Alegent Creighton Health – Immanuel Medical Center (Omaha) – BDC: Spine Surgery, BDC+: Knee and Hip Replacements
  • Alegent Creighton Health – Bergan Mercy Medical Center (Omaha) – BDC: Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacements
  • Alegent Creighton Health – Lakeside Hospital (Omaha) – BDC: Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacements
  • BryanLGH West (Lincoln) – BDC: Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacements
  • Nebraska Methodist Hospital (Omaha) – BDC: Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacements
  • BryanLGH East (Lincoln) – BDC: Knee and Hip Replacements
  • Fremont Area Medical Center (Fremont) – BDC: Knee and Hip Replacements
  • Saint Francis Medical Center (Grand Island) – BDC: Knee and Hip Replacements

“Selecting a Blue Distinction Center gives consumers added confidence that you’re making a wise decision when it comes to your health care,” said Dr. Dave Filipi, BCBSNE medical director. “We encourage Nebraskans to shop and compare for all their health care needs, whether it’s a hospital, doctor or medical tests. For hospitals, Blue Distinction Centers are a good place to start.”

For more information, contact Nathan Odgaard, (402) 982-6528.