Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania Recognizes Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital with Blue Distinction Center Award

Sayre, Pa.- Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) announced today that Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre has been recognized by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program in the area of Knee and Hip Replacement.

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 Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care.

To earn BCNEPA’s Blue Distinction Center designation, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital 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.

“Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital is proud to have met the selection criteria to be a Knee and Hip Replacement Blue Distinction Center,” said Marie Droege, President of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. “This further demonstrates our commitment to the highest level of care for our patients.”

Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCNEPA offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to more than 540,000 individuals in 13 counties in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. The company’s mission is to provide integrated health care services and products to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the populations it serves.

Guthrie Health is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 260 physicians and 130 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. Guthrie Health offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves. ####