Lincoln, NE (March 1, 2016) – Bryan Medical Center at Bryan East Campus has been designated as a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center+ for quality and cost-effective cardiac care, a national honor that recognizes hospitals with outstanding measures in patient safety and health outcomes.
“Bryan Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska for meeting the rigorous selection criteria for cardiac care set forth by this program,” said John Woodrich, president and chief operating officer of Bryan Medical Center. “It’s an honor to be recognized for the quality cardiac care at an affordable cost we provide to our patients. Our storied history shows our commitment to attract the best physicians and bring leading-edge technology to our community so that our patients receive the best care possible.”
To receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for cardiac care designation, a hospital must demonstrate its expertise in delivering safe and effective cardiac care, focusing on cardiac valve surgery, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). In addition to meeting national accreditation and established quality threshold standards, these hospitals must also demonstrate better cost-efficiency compared to their peers.
“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska commends Bryan Medical Center on its designation as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care,” said Deb Esser, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska quality medical director. “This recognition identifies them as a standout among their peers for their high-quality and cost-effective cardiac care. This seal of approval informs our members that this facility consistently provides the best outcomes on a regular basis.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 610,000 lives every year. Bryan Heart features a team of highly skilled, board certified doctors, surgeons and specialists dedicated to the diagnoses and treatment of a range of heart and vascular conditions for patients across the state of Nebraska and the Midwest.
The Blue Distinction Specialty Care program seeks to reduce the burden of finding quality health care options by empowering patients with the knowledge and tools to find both quality and value for their cardiac care. Research shows that facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients compared with their peers.