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CharterCARE hospitals awarded Blue Distinction Center status for hip, knee & spine surgery programs

The hip, knee, and spine surgery programs at both Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital have been awarded Blue Distinction Center status by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island for demonstrating better overall quality of care and patient results in these specialties.

The two CharterCARE hospitals were chosen for the designations following a comprehensive review of each facility’s spine surgery and knee and hip replacement programs.

“Patients need to know that their surgery is performed in a hospital focused on the highest quality outcomes,” said Lester P. Schindel, CEO of CharterCARE Health Partners. “This important designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield recognizes the quality care provided through our hip, knee and spine surgery programs. This distinction was made possible because of our extraordinary team of orthopaedic surgeons, physicians, nurses and support staff.”

Roger Williams received initial designation in these specialties in 2011 and was re-designated in 2013. Fatima was designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery in 2013 and is receiving the hip and knee designation for the first time.

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction program has recognized facilities that meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality, developed in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations. The program provides BCBSRI members with a credible means of identifying hospitals that meet their individual healthcare needs for select procedures and conditions.

The Blue Distinction Center program was developed with input from the medical community and evaluates hospitals on their ability to deliver high quality and safe specialty care based on criteria -- like surgical team expertise and a history of better patient outcomes -- that directly impact patient results.

Blue Distinction Centers have a proven track-record for delivering better results—such as fewer complications and readmissions—than facilities without these recognitions.

To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery or a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, hospitals are evaluated on the following criteria:

  Orthopaedic Physicians  
Arcand, Michael A., MD                         

1524 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI  02919

401-351-6200
Austin, Gregory J., MD 725 Reservoir Avenue
Cranston, RI  02910
401-944-3800
Belanger, Michael J., MD 1524 Atwood Avenue, Ste. 140, Johnston, RI  02919 401-351-6200
Buonanno, A. Robert, MD 1524 Atwood Avenue, Ste. 140, Johnston, RI  02919 401-351-6200
Buonanno, William S., MD

35 Sockanossett Crossroad, Suite 7, Cranston, RI  02920

401-946-6622
Catallozzi, Kenneth R., MD 2138 Mendon Road, Ste. 302, Cumberland, RI  02864 401-334-1060
Czerwein, Jr., John K., MD 1524 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI  02919
401-351-6200
Fortuna, Robert J., MD 2138 Mendon Road, Ste. 302, Cumberland, RI  02864 401-334-1060
Hubbard, Leonard, MD 1150 Reservoir Avenue, Ste. 301, Cranston, RI  02920 401-942-0280
Izzi, Jr., Joseph A., MD 1351 Smith Street
North Providence, RI  02911
401-353-5550
Mariorenzi, Louis J., MD 725 Reservoir Avenue
Cranston, RI  02910
401-944-3800
Mariorenzi, Michael P., MD 725 Reservoir Avenue
Cranston, RI  02910
401-944-3800
Mirrer, Franklin, MD 215 Toll Gate Road, Ste. 206, Warwick, RI  02886 401-739-9050
Morrissey, Kenneth J., MD 1150 Reservoir Avenue, Ste. 200, Cranston, RI  02920 401-944-8700
Moss, David A., MD 1524 Atwood Avenue, Ste. 140, Johnston, RI  02919 401-351-6200
Pizzarello, Jr., Peter A., MD 868 Admiral Street
Providence, RI  02904
401-273-8400
Singer, Ira J., MD 725 Reservoir Avenue
Cranston, RI  02910
401-944-3800
  Neurosurgeon Physicians  

Das, Sumit K., MD

1526 Atwood Avenue, Ste. 200, Johnston, RI  02919

401-404-2975   

Guglielmo, Maria A., MD

120 Centerville Road
Warwick, RI  02886

401-739-4988

Kanaly, Charles W., MD

277 Pleasant Street, Ste. 302 Fall River, MA  02721

508-672-0545

Sampath, Prakash, MD

118 Dudley Street
Providence, RI  02905

401-273-4155

Saris, Stephen C., MD

1 Davol Sq, Ste. 302
Providence, RI  02903

401-453-3545