We are pleased to share that ECHN was recently named by the State of Connecticut health plan and Signify Health as part of its Network of Distinction, for seven key procedures! As part of this network, ECHN has objectively proven that it provides improved patient outcomes at a competitive price for care, from evaluation to recovery.

Manchester Memorial and Rockville General Hospitals are among just five hospitals in all of Connecticut to receive these designations for quality care and patient value!

What does this mean for you? The Network of Distinction program reduces variations in costs for health events. A fixed price will be used for certain ‘episodes of care’. ECHN’s Network of Distinction designation makes choosing a hospital simpler, because independent experts have made the comparisons for you, based on strict quality and value standards. The hospitals, health systems and physician groups selected into the Network of Distinction all have low rates of health complications and below-average episode prices – while delivering high-quality and affordable care. 

The ‘episodes of care’ that ECHN has been recognized for are breast biopsies, hysterectomies, maternity care, knee replacement and revision surgery, knee arthroscopy, cataract surgery and gallbladder surgery. See below to learn more about each of these services.

  1. Breast Biopsy: A breast biopsy is a procedure to remove a small sample of breast tissue. This procure takes and evaluates tissue samples, or biopsies, of abnormal areas in the breast to diagnose breast cancer. As an alternative to surgical biopsies, ECHN uses a less invasive medical imaging technique and ultrasounds to guide the biopsy equipment to the site of the abnormal area in question. Biopsy procedures are performed by licensed radiologists and specialists in breast imaging technology. These procedures are performed at the Women’s Center for Wellness.
  2. Hysterectomy: A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the uterus. ECHN offers four different techniques to perform a hysterectomy.
    • Abdominal hysterectomy: the uterus is removed through a small incision in the lower abdomen.
    • Vaginal hysterectomy: the uterus is removed through the vagina.
    • Laparoscopic hysterectomy: a minimally invasive procedure that calls for a small incision to be made in the belly button.
    • Robotic – assisted hysterectomy: the doctor uses instruments that are passed through small abdominal incisions to complete the procedure.
  3. Maternity: Maternity care refers to the health services provided to women, babies, and families throughout the whole pregnancy, during labor and birth, and after birth for up to six weeks. Manchester Memorial Hospital’s Family Birthing Center (FBC) offers new parents personal, family-centered care in a welcoming, safe and home-like environment. The FBC has labor and recovery rooms, a bassinet nursery, a neonatal intensive care unit in partnership with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center neonatologists, cesarean section delivery rooms and family gathering areas, so people have options to deliver their babies on their own terms. They offer a range of services to make everyone’s experiences safe, comfortable, and unique. The FBC also offers a wide range of educational classes from Childbirth Education Classes and CPR classes to Fit After Delivery and Breastfeeding classes. View our calendar to see all the classes available. 
  4. Knee Replacement and Revision Surgery: Knee replacements are done to help relieve pain and restore function to the knee and as a result, the leg. Knee replacement calls for the removal of damaged bone and cartilage and replace the knee joint with an artificial joint. These artificial joints are meant to last about 15 to 20 years. A second surgery may be needed to clean the bone joints, fix the implants, or fully replace the implant with a new one. This is a knee revision. At ECHN, for these procedures, MAKOplasty (MAKO) is used. MAKO is a robotic arm-assisted technology. MAKO provides patient-specific 3D modeling to pre-plan procedures and allows surgeons to remove and replace only the diseased bone, helping to preserve healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.
  5. Knee Arthroscopy: Knee arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows doctors to view the knee joint without making a large incision through the skin and other soft tissues. Arthroscopy is how doctors confirm the source of knee pain and treat the problem. This is a minimally-invasive surgery that uses the most advanced robotic surgical systems to assist the doctor during the procedure.
  6. Cataract Surgery: Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the lens of your eye and, in most cases, replace it with an artificial lens. This is performed on an outpatient basis and is a common and safe procedure. The Ambulatory Services Center at Manchester Memorial Hospital provides ambulatory cataract surgery to patients. This surgery is less invasive and does not require an overnight hospital stay.
  7. Gallbladder Surgery: Gallbladder surgery, or Cholecystectomy, is a procedure to remove the gallbladder because of gallstones. The gallbladder is removed laparoscopically or through open surgery.

ECHN is happy to be recognized for these key procedures and proud to offer high-quality care at an affordable price! When you seek care, consider the Network of Distinction designation to know that you are receiving care from a provider that is proven to be a top performer.

Learn more about ECHN’s commitment to quality and safety

Learn more about Signify Health’s Network of Distinction initiatives