Mountain View, CA, June 18, 2013 – El Camino Hospital today announced that both its Mountain View and Los Gatos campuses have been designated a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement and Spine Surgery. 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. The criteria for designation recently expanded to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety, as well as new cost-efficiency measures.
"We are pleased that these orthopedic programs are being recognized by one of the largest healthcare insurers in the country for providing the kind of quality care that we pride ourselves on delivering," said Tomi Ryba, president and chief executive officer of El Camino Hospital. "We are one of the leading hospitals in Northern California specializing in joint replacement, and our spine specialists are utilizing the latest techniques- including minimally invasive surgical options – to help patients return to their activities."
The Blue Center Designation serves as a consumer aid in choosing high-performing hospitals. The selection criteria, developed with input from the medical community, expert panels and medical organizations, include a review of national quality and safety initiatives, as well as general and program-specific quality and safety metrics. El Camino Hospital is one of 41 in California to receive the Blue Distinction Center designation for Knee and Hip Replacement and one of 11 hospitals to receive the designation for Spine Surgery.
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About El Camino Hospital
El Camino Hospital is an acute-care, 443-bed, nonprofit and locally governed organization with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, Calif. In addition to state-of-the-art emergency departments, key medical specialties include heart and vascular, cancer care, urology, orthopedic and spine, genomic medicine, and the only Women's Hospital in Northern California. The hospital is recognized as a national leader in the use of health information technology and wireless communications, and has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center as well as back-to-back ANCC Magnet Recognitions for Nursing Care.
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