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Hospital Receives Blue Distinction

Sarasota, FL -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. (BCBSF) has designated Doctors Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement.   Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery and Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement are part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s expansion of its Blue Distinction® designation.

Doctors Hospital CEO Robert Meade explained, “Doctors Hospital was recently named the number one hospital in Florida for Overall Orthopedic Services and given the Spine Surgery Excellence Award by HealthGrades ®.  This recognition from Blue Cross and Blue Shield is another acknowledgement of our deeply felt commitment to service excellence.  The spine and orthopedic unit is located on the third floor of the hospital with over 40 private rooms and suites. Our patients receive the highest level of medical care while recuperating in a hotel-like atmosphere.”

“Blue Distinction puts a high value on research and evidence-based health and medical information,” said Allan Korn, M.D. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Chief Medical Officer. “Blue Distinction Centers show our commitment to working with doctors and hospitals in communities across the country to identify leading institutions that meet clinically validated quality standards and deliver better overall outcomes in patient care.”

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

  • 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

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