By: Anthony Matrisciano
July 9, 2013
Pictured with Blue Distinction Center signage outside Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center are, left to right: John Buckley, FACHE, Chief Administrative Officer, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center; Q. Thomas Novinger, MD, MBA, FAAP, Senior Medical Director, Utilization Management, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania; David Kolessar, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center; William Krywicki, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center; Steven Pierdon, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Executive Vice President, Geisinger Northeast; and Cheryl Hashagen, Provider Relations Health System Consultant, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) has been recognized as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program in the areas of Knee and Hip Replacement and Spine Surgery by Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA).
The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities such as GWV that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care.
“For decades, we have worked to bring high-quality, highly specialized medical care to the northeastern Pennsylvania area,” said Steven Pierdon, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Executive Vice President, Geisinger Northeast. “Earning Blue Distinction status in these two areas is affirmation that our efforts in recruiting specialized physicians and delivering the highest quality of care close to home have been successful.”
To earn BCNEPA’s Blue DistinctionCenter designation, GWV met quality-focused criteria that emphasize patient safety and outcomes established with input from experts in the medical community.
“Our goal with the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program is to identify local medical facilities that deliver higher overall quality and positive patient outcomes for a specific area of specialty care, such as knee and hip replacement,” said Nina M. Taggart, MD, Vice President of Clinical Operations and Chief Medical Officer for BCNEPA. “This helps our members, and all local residents, make more informed healthcare decisions.”
Since 2006, consumers, medical providers and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction program to identify hospitals delivering quality care in Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Care, Complex and Rare Cancers, Knee and Hip Replacements, Spine Surgery, and Transplants.