St. Mary’s Medical Center receives Blue Distinction Center designations for quality
(HUNTINGTON)—Highmark West Virginia has named St. Mary’s Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center in knee and hip replacement and as a Blue Distinction Center+ in spine surgery.
The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care—which expanded recently to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety.
“St. Mary’s is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program,” said Christy Franklin, director of St. Mary’s Regional Neuroscience and Orthopedic Centers. “These designations show we are committed to providing the best possible care for the Tri-State area.”
Since 2006, consumers, medical providers and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction program to identify hospitals delivering quality care in bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery and transplants. The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community and include general quality and safety metrics, plus program specific metrics.
St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute has been a Blue Distinction Center for cardiac care since April 2010.
Research confirms that the newly designated Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed healthcare decisions. These results will also enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality objectives.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 38 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for 100 million members—one in three Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit www.BCBS.com.