Blue Distinction® is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery and transplants.

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital is home to the nationally recognized Bone & Joint Program, a regional leader in orthopedic care. This recent honor signifies that this program provides comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement services including total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries.

In addition to this Blue Distinction Center honor, patients in our community who went through the Bone & Joint Program recently reported a 99 percent patient satisfaction. This rating places our program in the top 1 percent nationally in patient satisfaction ratings.

To earn this designation, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital was evaluated based on an objective, evidence-based selection criteria established with input from expert physicians and medical organizations. The goal of the Blue Distinction is to identify medical facilities that deliver better overall quality and medical outcomes for a specific area of specialty care, helping patients and doctors to make more informed hospital choices.
“This designation is a tribute to the dedicated team of physicians, nurses, technicians and therapists who helped develop Melrose-Wakefield Hospital’s comprehensive Bone & Joint Program,” said William Doherty, MD, system vice president and chief medical officer at Hallmark Health. “Their clinical expertise in this area of specialty care has resulted in better overall results for our patients.”
“Blue Distinction puts a high value on the consistent delivery of evidence-based care,” said Dr. Allan Korn, chief medical officer of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). “Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate our commitment to working with doctors and hospitals in communities across the country to identify leading institutions that meet objective quality criteria and deliver better overall outcomes in specialty patient care.”
About Blue Distinction
Blue Distinction selection criteria cover a broad range of quality measures and are publicly available on By earning the designation, Hallmark Health’s Melrose-Wakefield Hospital has demonstrated:
* An established program, performing required annual volumes for certain procedures
* Appropriate experience of its care team
* Full facility accreditation by a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-deemed national accreditation organization
* Adherence to evidence-based clinical care measures and guidelines
* A comprehensive quality management program
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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.

Note:  Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations.  Individual outcomes may vary.  To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan; and call your provider before making an appointment, to verify the most current information on its Network participation and Blue Distinction status.  Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any of its Licensees are responsible for any damages, losses, or non-covered charges that may result from using this resource or receiving care from a Blue Distinction provider.

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