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Published on December 16, 2015

Altru Health System Awarded Blue Distinction Center+ For Knee and Hip Replacement

Grand Forks, N.D – Altru Health System has earned Blue Distinction Center+ (BDC+) for Knee and Hip Replacement for its expertise and cost-efficiency in delivering specialty care. This distinction, the highest of the two-level designation process, seeks to recognize healthcare facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality care safely, effectively and cost efficiently. 

The goal of the Blue Cross Blue Shield-run program is to inform consumers to allow them to find both quality and value for their specialty care needs. This distinction reflects Altru’s commitment to provide world-class care to the residents of the region. The process of acquiring BDC+ takes place by reviewing facilities on objective, transparent Selection Criteria with quality, business and cost of care components.  

About Blue Distinction Centers

Blue Cross Blue Shield developed the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Recognition Program to identify facilities with proven expertise in delivering specialty care. Evaluation criteria are based on what impacts the patient and patients’ care most, including: the expertise of the medical team, the number of times the facility has performed the procedure, and the facility’s track-record for procedure results. 

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $475 million.  As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.