Sanford USD Medical Center and MeritCare medical center both recently received national recognition for hip and knee replacement excellence. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association awarded both medical centers a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. Sanford USD Medical Center was also designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery. Blue Distinction is an innovative quality designation that helps consumers and their physicians find medical facilities with demonstrated expertise in specialty care.
Both Sanford and MeritCare previously received the Blue Distinction designation in cardiac care and bariatrics.