AnthemBlueCrossandBlueShieldBlue DistinctionCenterDesignation Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Blue Distinction Centers are healthcare facilities and providers recognized for their expertise in delivering specialty care. Since 2013, The Orthopaedic Institute at Concord Hospital has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery citing our clinical expertise and quality of care. Concord Hospital is one of only three New Hampshire hospitals with this designation. In 2017, our high quality care for newborns and their mothers was also recognized by Anthem as a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care. The distinction recognized our team for consistently demonstrating expertise in delivering safe, quality, effective maternity care. Concord Hospital is one of only five New Hampshire hospitals with this designation. EnhancedRecovery AfterSurgery You wouldn’t run a marathon without healthy eating habits, so why would you have surgery without being in the best nutritional shape possible? To that end, Concord Hospital began the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program in May to help improve nutrition for patients scheduled for certain surgeries.The goal is to improve outcomes by helping patients eat more nutritious foods before surgery, immediately following surgery and into recovery. Studies show that patients who do not fast for a long period before surgery and are well-nourished before and after surgery have a shorter length of stay, fewer post-operative infections and fewer readmissions. To date, the program involves Concord Hospital Medical Group (CHMG) Concord Surgical hernia repair patients, Concord Hospital Center for Cardiac Care patients undergoingTranscatheter AorticValve Replacement (TAVR) and Concord Hospital Center for Urologic Care patients having a specific type of urinary drainage surgery. After being screened for nutrition risk, patients with malnutrition either are referred to Concord Hospital’s inpatient dietitian or seen immediately by the dietitian for a full nutrition assessment and intervention.The dietitian provides a personalized nutrition plan, necessary supplements and follow-up until surgery. After surgery, the dietitian works with patients in the Hospital and provides a nutrition plan to take home when they are discharged. Patients with diabetes are referred to Concord Hospital’s Outpatient Diabetes and Nutrition Program. In the first three months of the program, 15 surgical patients were referred for a full nutrition assessment. 14 Leading with Quality, Safety and Service