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McLaren Macomb Joint Replacement Program earns Blue Distinction Center+ designation from BCBS

Published on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

McLaren Macomb has been designated by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBS) as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement. Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® is a directory created to identify facilities with proven expertise in delivering specialty care.

The Distinction Center Program was developed with input from the medical community and evaluates hospitals’ specialty care and their ability to deliver high-quality outcomes.

“We’re extremely proud to have earned this designation and we share it with the whole hospital, but we also see it as a promise,” said Andrew Ajluni, D.O., fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and director of the joint replacement program, McLaren Macomb. “A promise to our patients that we will strive to continue to deliver that same high-quality care that earned us this distinction in the first place.”

While Blue Distinction Centers earned their recognition based on the high-quality and safe specialty care they delivered based on criteria that directly impacts patient results – such as surgical team expertise and history of better outcomes – McLaren Macomb’s Blue Distinction Center+ designation also signifies its excellence in how efficiently it provides such care.

As stated on the Blue Distinction Program site, “only those facilities that first meet nationally established, objective quality measures” will be considered for a Blue Distinction Center+ designation.

Criteria includes the expertise of the medical team, number of times the facility has performed the procedure and the facility’s track record for procedure results, leading to fewer complications and readmissions than facilities without the designation.

About McLaren Macomb:

In January 2012, Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center became McLaren Macomb.

McLaren Macomb is a 288-bed acute care hospital located in Mount Clemens, Mich. More than 400 physicians and nearly 2,000 employees work at McLaren Macomb making it one of Macomb County’s top employers. McLaren Macomb provides a full range of services, including cancer and cardiovascular care. As Macomb County’s first verified trauma center, the hospital operates the busiest emergency department in Macomb County and is also an accredited chest pain center. McLaren Macomb has a rich history of providing high quality, compassionate health care and holds a strong position in the community it serves. To learn more, subscribe to our blog