TriStar StoneCrest
April 14, 2021

Smyrna, TN – TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center announced it has been selected as a Blue Distinction Center for Total Hip & Knee Replacement and a Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery, as well as receiving The Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission for Total Hip & Knee Replacement and Spine Surgery.

"The Spine Surgery Institute and the Center for Joint Replacement at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center provide superior quality care to patients who come from all parts of Tennessee to receive the best outcomes from our dedicated colleagues," said Lou Caputo, CEO of TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. "It’s an honor for our hospital to be recognized for meeting the vigorous criteria for outstanding orthopedic care set by both the prestigious The Joint Commission and the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program."

The Joint Commission is the recognized global leader for health care accreditation. The independent, not-for-profit organization examines a hospital's quality achievement in patient care and safety and establishes the most rigorous standards to raise the bar among health care providers globally. Furthermore, Blue Distinction Centers® are nationally designated healthcare facilities that demonstrate a commitment to delivering high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center is designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center’s Spine Surgery Institute and the Center for Joint Replacement take a coordinated and comprehensive approach to orthopedic care, delivered by an expert, multidisciplinary team of surgeons, dedicated spine and joint nurse coordinator, physical therapists, and other skilled clinicians. TriStar StoneCrest has long been at the forefront of joint replacement and spine care, providing innovative and high-quality diagnosis and treatment.

Mr. Caputo says, “These accomplishments are earned by the expertise of the entire orthopedic team, and our focus on minimally invasive techniques and reducing patient recovery times. To receive these distinctions and certifications illustrates the commitment to high-quality care that our dedicated colleagues provide every day to every patient.”

As a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center is recognized for its expertise in total knee and hip replacement surgeries, including assessments of patients' physical abilities after surgery, known as "functional outcomes.” The distinction also represents TriStar StoneCrest’s commitment to high-quality care by having lower complication rates and fewer hospital readmissions.

Blue Distinction Center for Hip and Knee Replacement logo

Blue Distinction Centers+ is an additional designation recognizing the Spine Surgery Institute at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center's performance on measures of cost-effectiveness and affordability, such as lower complication rates and fewer hospital readmissions. The Blue Distinction Center+ demonstrates the hospital’s expertise in cervical and lumbar fusion, cervical laminectomy, and lumbar laminectomy/discectomy procedures, resulting in fewer patient complications and readmissions compared to other facilities. Additionally, to meet The Joint Commission's certification for spine surgery, providers must meet three core requirements: standards, clinical practice guidelines, and performance measurement.

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.

For more information about the program and a complete listing of designated facilities, visit BCBS.com/bluedistinction.

For more information about the Center for Joint Replacement and the Spine Surgery Institute at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, please visit TriStarStoneCrest.com/specialties/spine-care/?location=tristar-stonecrest.