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Hospital Designated a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement

Atlantis, FL- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. (BCBSF) has designated JFK Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement.  Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement are part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s expansion of its Blue Distinction® designation.

“We are proud to have been recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement.  JFK Medical Center always strives to exceed in the areas of quality patient care and this proves our commitment to orthopedics “says Gina Melby, CEO at JFK Medical Center.

The orthopedics program is a comprehensive program aimed to address the needs of someone who is suffering from back pain, joint pain, and dysfunctional mobility.  The team of experts is driven to assess and treat musculoskeletal disorders that lead to pain and immobility. Our program provides a continuum of care model. Members of the team work collaboratively to provide the customer quality care. The goal is to provide the patient with a legendary experience and gain a stronger and enhanced quality of life. In December 2008 JFK Medical Center unveiled a hospital expansion, building out the 5th floor tower of the south patient tower, adding 36 beds to the facilities 424-bed capacity bringing the total capacity to 460. The $10.9 million expansion consists of 24,750 square feet is a dedicated orthopedic unit; all 36 rooms on the floor are private patient rooms and 100% handicap accessible. The unit includes a physical therapy department and 3,400 square feet of gym and treatment space.

“Blue Distinction puts a high value on research and evidence-based health and medical information,” said Allan Korn, M.D. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Chief Medical Officer. “Blue Distinction Centers show our commitment to working with doctors and hospitals in communities across the country to identify leading institutions that meet clinically validated quality standards and deliver better overall outcomes in patient care.”

The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from a panel of expert physicians.  To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, the following types of criteria were evaluated.  More information on selection criteria is available on

  • Established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency care, and a full range of patient support services with full accreditation by a CMS-deemed national accreditation organization
  • Experience and training of program surgeons, including case volume
  • Quality management programs, including surgical checklists as well as tracking and evaluation of clinical outcomes and process of care
  • Multi-disciplinary clinical pathways and teams to coordinate and streamline care, including transitions of care
  • Shared decision making and preoperative patient education

The Blue Distinction designation is awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and transplants. The program is part of The Blues® efforts to collaborate with physicians and medical facilities to improve the overall quality and safety of specialty care.

The additional Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement designations will bring the nation’s number of Blue Distinction designations to more than 1,600—and this number is expected to increase in the coming years.

Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities’ overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians’ and leading professional organizations’ recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan.

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