National recognition for distinction in spine surgery and hip and knee replacement

Cabell Huntington Hospital has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery® and Hip and Knee Replacement® from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia for demonstrating better overall quality of care and patient results in spine surgery and hip and knee replacement. Blue Distinction® is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery or transplants.

"This designation is a tribute to the dedicated team of physicians, nurses, technicians, social workers and therapists who helped develop Cabell Huntington Hospital's comprehensive programs in spine surgery and hip and knee replacement," said Cabell Huntington Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Brent A. Marsteller. "Their clinical expertise in these areas of specialty care has resulted in better overall results for our patients."

To earn this designation, Cabell Huntington Hospital was evaluated based on an objective, evidence-based selection criteria established with input from expert physicians and medical organizations. The goal of Blue Distinction is to identify medical facilities that deliver better overall quality and medical outcomes for a specific area of specialty care, helping patients and doctors to make more informed hospital choices.

"Today's healthcare is all about outcomes, and this is the reason why so many patients travel so far to come to our facility," said Ali Oliashirazi, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Surgical Director of the Mary H. Hodges Joint Replacement Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital. "This designation is the result of the incredible and diligent work of our team."

Cabell Huntington Hospital has also repeatedly been recognized by HealthGrades for excellence in overall orthopedic services and hip and knee replacement surgery including being ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation in 2011 for both overall orthopedic services and hip and knee replacement services.

About Blue Distinction

Blue Distinction selection criteria cover a broad range of quality measures and are publicly available on By earning the designation, Cabell Huntington Hospital has demonstrated:

  • An established program, performing required annual volumes for certain procedures
  • Appropriate experience of its care team
  • Full facility accreditation by a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-deemed national accreditation organization
  • Adherence to evidence-based clinical care measures and guidelines
  • A comprehensive quality management program

Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means this facility's overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan; and call your provider before making an appointment, to verify the most current information on its Network participation and Blue Distinction status. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any of its Licensees are responsible for any damages, losses, or non-covered charges that may result from using this resource or receiving care from a Blue Distinction provider.

  • Last updated: 05/16/2011
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