(BOWLING GREEN, KY)--While hospitals may all look the same, there are often differences in quality care patients receive depending on the facility they choose.  That’s why Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have identified TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green, as one of only eight Blue Distinction® Centers in Kentucky for joint replacement surgeries for their members. 

TriStar Greenview was named the only Blue Distinction® Center in this region of the Commonwealth.

Blue Distinction® Centers are hospitals recognized for their expertise in delivering specialty care and are facilities that have met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. National criteria are displayed on www.bcbs.com.

TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital reported a record number of joint surgeries in January.

 “We have made a promise and commitment to our patients -- to provide a quality experience defined by impeccable clinical outcomes, patient safety and patient service. This designation, highlighting our knee and hip replacement procedures, is certainly proof that our outstanding physicians, nurses and staff continue to deliver on that promise,” said Greenview CEO Mark Marsh.

If your joints have suffered damage from arthritis or injury, you may find it difficult to complete everyday activities such as walking or climbing stairs. Whether you're exploring treatment options with your doctor or have already decided to have knee or hip replacement surgery, the Blue Distinction® Center program can help you find the right hospital for the specific procedure you need.

Using objective information and input from the medical community, the Blues have designated hospitals such as TriStar Greenview as Blue Distinction® Centers that are proven to outperform their peers in the areas that matter to patients – quality and safety.  Blue Distinction® Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement provide comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries.