Three of a Kind: Baptist Health Medical Center recognized
for three Blue Distinction Centers of Excellence
When a hospital is recognized as a Blue Distinction®
Center of Excellence for a specific medical specialty, it is worth noting.
When a hospital gains three such distinctions, like Baptist Health Medical Center
in Little Rock, it is worth stopping and taking a closer look.
Baptist Health has been a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care for more than
a year, but it also is now a Blue Distinction Center for spine surgery and for hip
and knee replacement. Just what is going on at Baptist Health Medical Center to
promote such excellent care?
"I think our success here at Baptist Health is due to a combination of things,"
said Doug Weeks, senior vice-president and administrator of Baptist Health Medical
Center in Little Rock. "Our excellent doctors and our compassionate caregivers combined
with the latest technology and surgical approaches have helped us remain as Arkansas’
most preferred health-care provider."
What is a Blue Distinction Center?
Blue Distinction Centers of Excellence must
meet high quality standards established by an expert panel of physicians, surgeons
and other health-care professionals. When a hospital has been designated a Blue
Distinction Center, you know they have expertise in that specialty, that they focus
on quality and that they have a history of patients with positive outcomes. Hospitals
provide care differently, and the Blue Cross system has created a process where
hospitals can demonstrate their expertise.
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield recognized Baptist Health’s cardiac care program
in its spring 2009 issue of Blue & You. Let’s take a look at the newly recognized
areas of hip and knee replacement and spine surgery.
Rocky Hodges knows a thing or two about surgery. Not only is he a registered nurse,
he’s been the director of peri-operative services at Baptist Health Medical Center
in Little Rock for 11 years, overseeing everything from pre-op to recovery. So when
it was his turn to be a patient, he wanted everything to go perfectly. He could
have chosen any hospital, but knowing the quality of care he saw day to day, "I
wouldn't have had this done anywhere else."
In February 2009, Rocky, 56, started to have trouble with his right hip, a real
problem for someone in such a fast-paced work environment. By June, he was in constant
pain and it was obvious he needed medical intervention. Through OrthoArkansas, Rocky
was diagnosed with a cartilage tear and arthritis in the hip joint. More conservative
types of treatment were tried and exhausted, but by December Rocky was still limping
and an X-ray proved what he already suspected — he needed a total joint replacement.
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