Alegent Health Earns High Quality Designation
Article Date: Feb 11, 2010
Media Contact: Jodi Hoatson
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Omaha, Neb. – Alegent Health has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine SurgerySM and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip ReplacementSM by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska for providing high-quality care and safety in knee and hip replacements and spine surgery, according to Ann Schumacher, vice president and chief operating officer for Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center.

“The Blue Distinction® designation helps our patients know that we have a proven track record for meeting aggressive quality standards,” said Schumacher, who is responsible for the Alegent Health orthopaedic continuum of care. “As a full-service health system, we provide access to the entire spectrum of knee and hip replacements, and spine surgery, including emergency services, inpatient surgery, outpatient care, physical therapy and home care.”

Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Immanuel Medical Center, and Lakeside Hospital in Omaha, and Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, received the Blue Distinction designation after meeting the selection criteria that was developed with input from a panel of expert physicians., including quality and safety of inpatient care, patient support services, surgeon experience, quality management programs, multi-disciplinary clinical pathways, and patient education.

Alegent Health offers knee and hip replacement and spine surgery, as well as treatment for sports injuries, foot and ankle problems and shoulder issues, according to Ann Schumacher.

"The number of patients undergoing surgeries and hospitalizations for spine, knee and hip conditions is growing dramatically," said Allan Korn, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. "This designation gives patients and their physicians a credible means of selecting facilities that meet their individual healthcare needs, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the overall quality and safety of care."

For more information on Alegent Health services, call 1-800-Alegent or visit

About Alegent Health

Alegent Health is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa with 10 hospitals, more than 100 sites of service, over 1,300 physicians on its medical staff and 9,000 employees. Alegent Health is ranked first in the country in quality and patient satisfaction according to the Network for Regional healthcare Improvement (NRHI). That exceptional commitment to providing patient focused care for the body, mind and spirit of every person keeps Alegent Health faithful to its Mission, which was inspired by its sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems. At Alegent Health, patients and their families find a continuum of care, from women's and children's services, primary care, wellness counseling, and senior care to cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology, physical rehabilitation and behavioral health. Alegent Health is online at

Reader Comments
Posted: Feb 11 2010 2:00 AM CST by tina

The Nebraska Medical Center received these same distinctions.

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