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Abington Memorial Hospital Earns Two Designations: Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery(SM) and Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement(SM)
Date:2/18/2010

Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery and Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement are part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's expansion of its Blue Distinction® designation.

Abington, PA (Vocus) February 18, 2010 -- Independence Blue Cross of Philadelphia has designated Abington Memorial Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery and Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement are part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's expansion of its Blue Distinction® designation.

"This designation is a tribute to more than a decade of hard work by our nurses, doctors, physical therapists and support staff, virtually everyone involved in our program, who have focused on developing the most advanced musculoskeletal program for our patients,” said Andrew M. Star, M.D., chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Abington Memorial Hospital and director of the Human Motion Institute.

Performing more than 1,000 joints last year, the Human Motion Institute was the first teaching hospital in Pennsylvania to have received the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval and Disease Specific Certification from the Joint Commission for the hip and knee replacement program. The center offers the most advanced techniques in joint replacement including the new anterior approach, which spares muscles and ligaments, enabling quicker rehabilitation and return to work.

Our spine surgeons -orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons - performed over 800 spine procedures last year, using minimally invasive techniques and the latest devices. An Abington Memorial Hospital orthopaedist recently performed the first Superi
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