OCEANSIDE – Tri-City Medical Center has been designated a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement® from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). The Blue Distinction designation aids consumers and employers in choosing high-performing hospitals. It demonstrates that Tri-City Medical Center provides better quality healthcare with improved patient outcomes including lower readmission rates than its peers.

With over 5,700 registered hospitals in the U.S., the short list of U.S. healthcare facilities meeting the criteria to be classified as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement allows patients to more quickly evaluate top tier specialty care providers and with greater confidence.

“Becoming a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement demonstrates the high quality of the specialty care Tri-City provides to our community,” said Larry Anderson, CEO, Tri-City Medical Center. “It gives our patients confidence that their knee and hip surgeries are being performed by some of the top surgeons in the country, equipped with the latest medical technologies and served by outstanding staff to ensure quality outcomes.”

Tri-City Medical Center’s distinction also helps employers, working with their local Blue Plans, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality and cost objectives.