• Blue Distinction: Orthopedics, San Antonio Regional Hospital

    Blue Shield of California has selected San Antonio Regional Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes. Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital re admissions. The Total Joint Replacement Program incorporates best practices and a more streamlined, efficient approach to ensure the best outcomes for patients while minimizing recovery time. Patricia Bain and Alfredo Robles both feel “restored” after having joint replacement surgeries performed by Jay Shah, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, at San Antonio. Patricia, 59, a kindergarten teacher in the Chino Valley School District, suffered three to four years of debilitating pain before she initially decided to have knee replacement surgery. She credits the San Antonio pre-op education and physical therapy for ensuring her successful outcome. “It’s a night and day difference from before surgery,” she said. “The pain is really gone.” Alfredo Robles shared a similar experience. “I am retired, and I would say I had a miserable quality of life,” says Alfredo. “My knees and hips got so bad I had to use crutches just to hold myself up.” Dr. Shah completed two hip replacements and a left knee replacement on Mr. Robles in the span of a year. “Normally, people like me don’t qualify for surgery, but I came in a wheelchair, and Dr. Shah said he wanted to try and help me. Now, I have a whole new life. The doctors thought I would at least need a cane, but I’m walking with nothing. My neighbors can’t believe I’m up and walking.”