Renown South Meadows Named Blue Distinction Center For Bariatric Surgery|
RENO, Nev. (Oct. 13, 2008) – Renown South Meadows Medical Center is proud to announce the hospital was recently named a Blue Distinction® Center for Bariatric Surgery from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada. The hospital is one of more than 200 facilities nationwide that have received a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery designation to date. The Renown South Meadows Blue Distinction is significant, as it will allow Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield members to receive care closer to home.
Bariatric Surgery, or weight-loss surgery, refers to the various surgical procedures that can be performed to treat obesity, which is widely recognized as a contributor to serious health risks. The surgeries involve modifications of stomach, intestines or both. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the total number of bariatric surgeries increased 400 percent from 1998 to 2004. Blue Distinction provides objective information to help patients make informed decisions when choosing a provider.
“Achieving the Blue Distinction for weight loss surgery provides further access for community members to this life changing procedure,” said Dr. Kent Sasse, Medical Director for Western Bariatric Institute. “Receiving this accreditation showcases the commitment to quality outcomes and care by both Western Bariatric Institute and Renown South Meadows. Meeting the high standards set forth by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to be included on this panel demonstrates that bariatric surgical care in our region is exceptional.”
As a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, Renown South Meadows provides a full range of bariatric surgical services, including inpatient care, post-operative care, follow-up and patient education. Designation was based on the facility’s responses to the clinical application that examines the hospitals’ structure, processes and outcomes for bariatric services.
“This designation is a testament to the skill and expertise of those physicians and staff who deliver expert care that meets the high standards of the program,” said Alan Olive, Renown South Meadows Medical Center administrator. “We had to meet stringent clinical criteria, which were developed in collaboration with expert physician panels and national medical societies including the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). “
Renown South Meadows Medical Center met numerous selection criteria thresholds necessary to be named as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, including:
offering a full-service inpatient hospital facility
being fully accredited by The Joint Commission or Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program
performing a required volume of bariatric surgeries during the recent 12 month reporting period
being staffed by an experienced and appropriately credentialed bariatric surgical team
being supported by appropriate equipment and staffing
establishing documented policies and procedures for patient care and follow-up care
demonstrating a commitment to quality improvement, as demonstrated by its ongoing quality management and improvement programs
The full list of Blue Distinction selection criteria is available to the public at www.BCBS.com/bluedistinction.
Blue Distinction® is a designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare. The designation is based on rigorous, evidence-based selection criteria established in collaboration with leading clinicians, medical societies and professional organizations. Today, more than 800 Blue Distinction Center designations have been awarded to facilities nationwide, providing consumers with a framework for making informed decisions on where to go for specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, and transplants.
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Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations’ recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan.