Largo Medical Center April 24, 2013

Largo, FL – Florida Blue has named Largo Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center in the areas of spine surgery and 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 that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care.

“Largo Medical Center is proud to be considered for this prestigious distinction,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer. “It is all thanks to the expertise of our staff and physicians who continue to show our community what healthcare, including compassion, care giving and treatment, is truly about.”

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. The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community and include general quality and safety metrics as well as program specific metrics

Research indicates that the newly designated Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. The program provides consumers with tools to make better informed healthcare decisions.