GILLETTE, WYO Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming has selected
Campbell County Health in Gillette as a Blue Distinction Specialty Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield national association establishes uniform criteria
to evaluate quality, patient safety and cost based on objective measures
that were developed with input from the medical community and leading
accreditation and quality organizations. Only those facilities that first
meet nationally established quality and cost measures for Blue Distinction
Centers are considered for designation as Blue Distinction Specialty Centers+.
“The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association evaluates thousands of hospitals
across the United States and selects those that meet rigorous cost and
quality criteria,” said Diane Gore, President and CEO of BCBSWY.
“Campbell County Health is the first hospital in Wyoming to earn
this level of recognition and we congratulate them for their designation
as a Blue Distinction Center Plus for Hip and Knee Replacement.”
“We are thankful for their commitment to helping ensure that Wyoming
patients have access to high quality care at a reasonable price for these
procedures,” Gore said. Knee and hip replacement procedures remain
some of the most commonly performed elective surgical procedures in the U.S., according to a 2018 study released by the American
Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
“We are thrilled to have achieved the Blue Cross Distinction Center
Plus designation”, said Chief Operating Officer Colleen Heeter at
Campbell County Health. “Everyone in the organization is committed
to providing Excellence Every Day, and this designation shows that we
focus on quality care, great patient outcomes and cost efficiency in our
total joint program. I am so proud of all our providers and staff for
the work that they do every day for our patients.”
Facilities designated as Blue Distinction Specialty Centers+ for Knee and
Hip Replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement
surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and readmissions.
“I am honored to be part of the team that has received this designation,” said
Stanford Israelsen, MD, orthopedic surgeon at
Powder River Orthopedics & Spine. “I’m proud to provide my hip and knee replacement patients
the best in clinical,
rehab care in the state of Wyoming.”
All designated facilities must maintain national accreditation. In addition
to meeting these quality thresholds, facilities designated as Blue Distinction
Specialty Centers+ are on average 20 percent more cost-efficient in an
episode of care compared to other facilities.
The Blue Distinction Specialty Care program remains a trusted and valuable
source for patients seeking quality care in the areas of bariatric surgery,
cancer care, cardiac care, cellular immunotherapy, fertility care, gene
therapy, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery, substance
use treatment and recovery and transplants.
For more information about the program and for a complete listing of designated
About Campbell County Health
Campbell County Health (CCH) is the most comprehensive healthcare system
in the state, serving patients in the community and region with over 100
providers on the medical staff in 20 specialties. CCH’s continuum
of care includes our acute care, community hospital (Campbell County Memorial Hospital), 16 specialty
The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center long term care facility,
home health and hospice,
home medical equipment,
physical therapy and rehabilitation services and
Powder River Surgery Center. Learn more at
About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming (BCBSWY), a not-for-profit health insurer
and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association,
provides access to high quality health care coverage, services and programs
to help our members make the best health care decisions and get the best
care. With 10 locations across Wyoming, we provide hometown service to
residents and businesses while serving people and charitable organizations
in communities around the state. Learn more about us at
BCBSWY.com.1 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Changing Demographics in Primary
and Revision Total Joint
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About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
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About Blue Distinction Centers
Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient
safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community.
A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located
in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue
Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’
need for affordable health care. Each facility’s cost of care is
evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Facilities in CA, ID, NY,
PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in
two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide
whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national
criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on BCBS.com.
Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network
status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan
and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross
and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered
charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or
other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction
or other providers.