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Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria has been named a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. This national distinction is awarded only to medical facilities that have demonstrated excellence in quality specialty care based on selection criteria and standards—established by experts in the medical field—to identify and evaluate quality and safety metrics. 

Douglas County Hospital and Heartland Orthopedic Specialists have a successful and long-standing partnership, with Douglas County Hospital entrusting our specialty-trained surgeons exclusively with patients' joint replacement needs. 

"On behalf of the hospital, we are simultaneously proud and humbled by this prestigious distinction," says Douglas County Hospital Chief Executive Officer Carl Vaagenes. "The safety and well being of our patients is and always will be our number-one priority, and it is through our shared commitment to exceptional outcomes and the daily efforts of each and every provider and staff member at our practice that we have been able to meet and exceed these quality standards. I commend the joint replacement doctors at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists who perform the hip and knee replacement procedures for which we were honored." 

Adds Dr. Paul A. Dale, joint replacement surgeon at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists, "It is a pleasure and a privilege working with Douglas County Hospital to alleviate the orthopedic ailments of area patients. I am very proud to serve our great community and to be part of our collaborative effort with Douglas County Hospital to enrich the lives of the people in our community."