Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Honors Loyola's Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Program

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Hospital has won Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's new Blue Distinction® designation for knee and hip replacements.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield said the designation helps consumers find quality specialty care on a consistent basis. Blue Distinction is based on "rigorous, evidence-based, objective selection criteria established in collaboration with expert physicians' and medical organizations' recommendations."

Blue Cross Blue Shield launched the Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement in 2009. Loyola earlier won Blue Distinction designations for cardiac care; heart, lung and stem cell transplants and complex and rare cancers, including acute leukemia, bladder, brain (primary), esophageal, gastric, head and neck, liver (primary), pancreatic, rectal and thyroid (medullary and/or anaplastic). For more information, visit http://www.bcbs.com/innovations/bluedistinction/.

Loyola orthopaedic surgeons perform more than 500 hip and knee replacement procedures each year at the Maywood campus and at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, which is part of the Loyola system. Surgeons individualize joint care, choosing among several surgical techniques, including minimal incision approaches.

"Our patient-centered joint replacement program offers a full continuum of care, from the initial visit through rehabilitation," said Dr. Terry Light, chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation. "We educate patients and their families, and encourage them to work closely with their doctors, nurses and therapists for the best possible outcomes."

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.