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McLaren Greater Lansing receives Blue Distinction® Center+ designation

Friday, May 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Hillier
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has selected McLaren Greater Lansing as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement and Spine Surgery, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community.

“Our talented team of orthopedic experts take magnificent pride in providing exceptional, compassionate care for every patient, every time, and this designation is a testament to their commitment,” said Tom Mee, president and CEO of McLaren Greater Lansing. “We’re very proud to meet the rigorous criteria measured by these programs and to continually seek new ways to improve for our patients.”  

Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Knee and Hip Replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions. Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Spine Surgery demonstrate expertise in cervical and lumbar fusion, cervical laminectomy and lumbar laminectomy/discectomy procedures, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions compared to other hospitals. Designated hospitals must also maintain national accreditation. In addition to meeting these quality thresholds, hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ are on average 20 percent more cost-efficient in an episode of care compared to other hospitals.

"Our orthopedic surgeons continually work to innovate and improve in concert with our dedicated staff and management to provide state-of-the-art care to our patients,” said Charles Taunt, DO, co-chief of orthopedic surgery at McLaren Greater Lansing. “This distinction validates that we have achieved our goal to be one of the very best. Together, we are committed to going beyond providing exceptional, award-winning care for our patients."

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery, and transplants, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver.

“The Blue Distinction Center+ designation lets our members know where they can go in Michigan to receive high-quality, cost-effective care that meets robust clinical standards,” says David Share, MD, MPH, senior vice president at Blue Cross.  “Congratulations to all of the hospitals earning this designation for knee and hip replacement.”

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit


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