Saratoga Hospital Named Blue Distinction® Center for Quality in Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacement

January 28, 2020


Saratoga Hospital Named Blue Distinction® Center for
Quality in Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacement

Hospital is only Capital Region facility to earn designation for spine surgery 

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., January 28, 2020 — BlueShield of Northeastern New York has once again named Saratoga Hospital a Blue Distinction Center® for three surgical specialties—spine surgery and knee and hip replacement—as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Center Spine, Knee and Hip

Saratoga Hospital is the only Capital Region facility to be recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery for meeting both quality and cost-effectiveness measures.

“Blue Distinction Centers earn the designation, in part, by providing care that results in fewer complications and readmissions. That’s important information for patients who are deciding where to have their spine surgery or knee or hip replacement,” said Dr. Richard Falivena, vice president and chief medical and physician integration officer at Saratoga Hospital.

“Patients see that we are a Blue Distinction Center—and that we’ve earned other quality designations—and they know they can turn to Saratoga Hospital with confidence.”

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities that show a commitment to patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.

For more information about the program and a complete listing of the designated facilities, go to


About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acute-care facility in Saratoga County. The hospital’s multispecialty practice, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, provides care at more than 20 locations, ensuring easy access to programs and services that can have the greatest impact on individual and community health. Saratoga Hospital has maintained Magnet designation for nursing excellence since 2004. Through its affiliation with Columbia Memorial Health and Albany Med, Saratoga Hospital is part of the largest locally governed health system in the region. For more information: or

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Peter Hopper
Director, Marketing and Communications

28 Jan 2020