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Mercy Dubuque receives Wellmark distinction

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque has received a Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa has designation.  Mercy is a Blue Distinction Center for Spine SurgerySM and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. Blue Distinction Centers for spine surgery and knee and hip replacement are part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's expansion of its Blue Distinction® designation.

"Once again, an independent assessment has confirmed that Mercy is the regional leader for the provision of complex health services such as cardiac care, joint replacement, and spine surgery. In conjunction with our outstanding medical staff, we are able to achieve these distinctive results through teamwork, innovation, and a commitment to excellence," said says Russell M. Knight, president and CEO of Mercy.

"Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield is committed to working with hospitals and physicians to ensure the highest quality care for our members. The Blue Distinction designation is designed to help our members choose hospitals with a proven track record for meeting aggressive quality standards," says Paul Karazija, MD, Wellmark's chief medical officer.

Mercy was selected based on the following guidelines:

• 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

This isn't the first time Mercy has received this distinction, Mercy previously received the Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care® designation in August 2006. Mercy is the only hospital in the Dubuque area to receive these designations.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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