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Joint Replacement Center at Unity Hospital Receives Blue Distinction Designation

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Recognizes Center’s Clinical Excellence

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has designated the Joint Replacement Center at Unity Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement.

“The Blue Distinction designation is one more tool to help consumers make informed decisions about their health,” said Martin Lustick, M.D., senior vice president and corporate medical director at Excellus BCBS. “Consumers are increasingly asking about this kind of information, especially when it comes to which medical facilities have met rigorous quality measurements for certain kinds of care.”

“We are extremely pleased and honored to have been selected as a Blue Distinction Center,” said Michael Klotz, M.D., medical director of the Joint Replacement Center at Unity Hospital. “The award reflects a great deal of hard work and dedication by our talented and dedicated surgeons, as well as our exceptional nurses, patient care technicians, physical and occupational therapists. Going forward, we will continue to focus on those areas which earned us this recognition: a commitment to providing an exceptional patient care experience, standardization of care using evidence-based decision making, outcomes assessment and an absolute insistence on quality and improvement.”

The Blue Distinction designation is awarded by the 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 replacement, spine surgery and transplants. The program is part of  The Blues® efforts to collaborate with physicians and medical facilities to improve the overall quality and safety of specialty care. 

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a nonprofit independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association, is part of a family of companies that finances and delivers vital health care services to 1.7 million people across upstate New York. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield provides access to high-quality, affordable health coverage, including valuable health-related resources that our members use every day, such as cost-saving prescription drug discounts and wellness tracking tools in our Step Up program. To learn more, visit www.excellusbcbs.com.


Unity Hospital is an affiliate of Unity Health System, a 681-bed health care network serving the city of Rochester and western Monroe County. The hospital’s specialty units include intensive care surgery, chemical dependency and mental health, obstetrics, brain injury rehabilitation, and skilled nursing. Unity Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is affiliated with the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.