DCH Regional Medical Center is a designated Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.
“Blue Distinction puts a high value on research and evidence-based health and medical information,” said Allan Korn, MD, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association chief medical officer. “Blue Distinction Centers show our commitment to working with doctors and hospitals in communities across the country to identify leading institutions that meet clinically validated quality standards and deliver better overall outcomes in patient care.”
To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care, DCH Regional Medical Center met the selection criteria related to experience, quality and patient outcomes. The cardiac care program must perform a certain number of heart cases, its cardiac team must which include:
- an established cardiac care program, performing required annual volumes for certain procedures
- appropriate experience of its cardiac team, including sub-specialty board certification for interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons
- an established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency and a full range of cardiac services
- full facility accreditation by Joint Commission
- low overall complication and mortality rates
- a comprehensive quality management program
A Blue Distinction Center must have intensive care, emergency and a full range of cardiac services. DCH Regional Medical Center offers comprehensive cardiac care services, including an emergency department, inpatient cardiac care, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery, including coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
The Regional Medical Center also had to demonstrate low overall complications and mortality rates.
“The need for quality cardiac care is urgent: The American Heart Association estimates that this year alone, 1.2 million Americans will experience a first or recurrent heart attack,” said DCH Regional Medical Center Administrator Bill Cassels. “As a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care, we have demonstrated our commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for our cardiac patients.”
About 400 hospitals in the nation have been designated Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care.
Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert recommendations from clinicians and leading professional organizations. Individual outcomes may vary.