(June 27, 2012) - Memorial
Bone & Joint, a center of excellence for joint replacement
surgery and the treatment of orthopedic conditions at Memorial
University Medical Center (MUMC), received UnitedHealth Premium®
Total Joint Replacement specialty center designation for quality
care. Memorial Bone & Joint received a "Three Star" quality
assessment and a Cost Efficiency rating of "Higher Efficiency."
Both of these ratings are the highest awarded by
To earn the designation, MUMC met rigorous quality criteria
based on nationally recognized medical standards and expert advice.
The criteria included detailed information about specialized
training, practice capabilities, and outcomes reporting.
"The UnitedHealth Premium designation recognizes our commitment
to leading-edge technology, minimally invasive options, patient and
family centered care, and an expert team of professionals. These
elements make us a leader in joint replacement surgery," said
Robert "Dow" Hoffman, M.D., physician champion for Memorial Bone
& Joint and a surgeon at Chatham Orthopaedic Associates.
UnitedHealthcare developed the UnitedHealth Premium Specialty
Center designation to give its members information about and access
to joint replacement care hospitals that meet rigorous quality
standards. The designation is based on proficiencies submitted to
UnitedHealthcare and is designed to help members make informed
decisions when they need joint replacement care.
UnitedHealthcare provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented
health benefit plans and services. The company organizes access to
quality, affordable healthcare services on behalf of more than 70
million individual consumers, contracting directly with more than
684,125, physicians and care professionals and 5,536 hospitals
nationwide to offer consumers broad, convenient access to
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
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