Blue Distinction® in Spine Surgery and Joint Replacement

BlueCross BlueShield Association

The UConn Musculoskeletal Institute is now designated a “Blue Distinction Center” for both spine surgery and total joint replacement.

“Blue Distinction” is a designation from the BlueCross BlueShield Association recognizing health care facilities for their expertise in the safe, efficient, and cost-effective delivery of quality specialty care. UConn Health has been designated as a “Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement” for meeting nationally established quality care and outcomes criteria, and as a “Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery” for meeting those criteria, plus meeting cost measures that address the need for affordable health care.

Center of Excellence

Advanced Minimally Invasive Gynecology Worldwide (AAGL)

UConn Health is an AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. The program recognizes hospitals and surgeons around the world providing exceptional minimally invasive gynecologic surgical care and dedicated to continuously improving healthcare quality and patient safety.

Gold Performance Achievement Award

ACTION Registry

UConn Health is a proud recipient of the ACTION Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for its commitment to delivering the highest quality of cardiovascular care. The ACTION Registry helps hospitals apply ACC (American College of Cardiology) clinical guideline recommendations in their facilities and achieve quality improvement goals.

Gold Performance Achievement Award Hospital

American Heart Association

The Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health has been recognized as a Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Gold Performance Achievement Award Hospital. The award signifies that UConn Health has achieved 85 percent or higher composite adherence to all Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 24-month intervals, and 75 percent or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients. Learn more.

Gold Quality Achievement Award

American Heart Association

The Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The recognition signifies that UConn Health has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

Gold Seal of Approval®

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations

The John Dempsey Hospital at UConn Health earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes UConn Health’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

NICHE Member

NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders)

NICHE is a nursing education and consultation program designed to improve geriatric care in healthcare organizations. The NICHE program of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing provides resources for nursing and interdisciplinary teams to achieve organizational goals for the care of older adult clients.

Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

The Leapfrog Group

UConn John Dempsey Hospital has been rated by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, the first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety. The Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

Quality and awards are nice, but they do not tell the most important part of the story. Making a difference in the lives of our patients is, to us, what we are here to do. Hear first-hand from our patients and their families and friends about their experiences with UConn Health.

Patient Stories