BBC Honored for its Knee and Hip Replacement Programs - Bronson Healthcare

Published on February 28, 2013

Blue Distinction

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network have designated Bronson Battle Creek as a Blue Distinction Center for 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.

Bronson Methodist Hospital was also the recipient of Blue Distinction honors for its cardiac program and for expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care in hip and knee replacement, as well as in spine.

“We’re honored to be recognized with the Michigan Blues®; designation, which validates our commitment to clinical excellence,” says Anne Regling, interim CEO of Bronson Battle Creek. “A top designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield demonstrates the exceptional care that our physicians, nurses, and staff in our Orthopaedic Renewal Center deliver to the patients and families in our community who come to us for hip and knee replacement.”

“Congratulations to Bronson Battle Creek on earning the Blue Distinction designation for Hip and Knee Replacement,” said David Share, M.D., senior vice president, Value Partnerships, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “This designation, and the hospital’s participation in initiatives that improve quality and safety in these areas, demonstrate a focus on continuous improvement yielding safer patient care.”

Research indicates 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 make better-informed healthcare decisions.

The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from a panel of expert physicians. To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, the following types of criteria were evaluated.

  • 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

Bronson Battle Creek opened its Orthopaedic Renewal Center in 2007. It specializes in patient education, physician ‘fast-track’ appointment coordination for diagnosis, knee and hip restoration, and group rehabilitation.

For more information about the Orthopaedic Renewal Center program, talk with your healthcare provider or call Tracy Barnes, RN at (269) 245-5860. Or you can visit to learn about the ORC and view educational videos on hip and knee replacements.

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Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms. It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI. Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer.