BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York announced that all Buffalo-area Catholic Health hospitals have been named Blue Distinction Centers Plus.

Mercy Hospital, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Sisters Hospital, Main Street Campus, were recognized for excellence in spine surgery and knee and hip replacement. Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph Campus, was recognized for quality in knee and hip replacement.

These hospitals are the only local facilities to receive designations for these services from the insurer.

The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program recognizes hospitals nationally with a track record for delivering better results, including fewer complications and readmissions. Blue Distinction Centers Plus meet the same quality criteria as Blue Distinction Centers but also deliver care that is more affordable.

The Blue Distinction Center program evaluates hospitals on their ability to deliver high-quality and safe specialty care based on such criteria as surgical team expertise and historical patient outcomes.