St. Luke’s Campus earns special designation

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently recognized the Mohawk Valley Health System St. Luke’s Campus as a Blue Distinction® Center for Knee and Hip Replacement.

The Blue Distinction Centers designation signifies that the MVHS knee and hip replacement program met nationally established selection criteria by demonstrating expertise in delivering quality specialty care, safely and effectively. The St. Elizabeth Campus has been a Blue Distinction Center since 2010.

Research confirms that Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. These designated centers are also 20% more cost efficient and provide consumers with tools to help them make better informed health care decisions.

Providing patients with the tools and knowledge necessary to achieve successful orthopedic outcomes is a priority for MVHS. Orthopedic patients receive in-person education pre- and post-surgery, as well as educational booklets with information to help patients and their families understand what to expect.

Last year, MVHS performed nearly 1,000 knee and hip replacements.