Huntington Memorial Hospital has been named as one of the first healthcare
facilities in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction® Center+designation in the area of bariatric surgery by the Blue Distinctions
Centers for Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction®Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver
quality specialty care based on objective measures, which were developed
with input from the medical community, for patient safety and better health outcomes.
To receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery designation,
a healthcare facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety
as well as bariatric-specific quality measures, including complications
and readmissions, for gastric stapling and/or gastric banding procedures.
A healthcare facility must also have earned national accreditations at
both the facility level and the bariatric care-specific level, as well
as demonstrate better cost efficiency relative to its peers.
Quality is key: only those facilities that first meet Blue Distinction’s
nationally-established, objective quality measures will be considered
for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+. Huntington Hospital is
proud to be recognized by our local health plan, Anthem Blue Cross for
meeting the rigorous selection criteria for bariatric surgery set by the
Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.
“On behalf of the entire bariatric team, we are honored to be recognized
as a Blue Distinction® Center,” said
David Lourie, MD, director, bariatric surgery program, Huntington Hospital. “Bariatric
surgery is an effective tool for patients who have obesity-related conditions,
such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, and is
used as part of comprehensive plans developed by our team. By following
these plans, we have been able to help thousands of people improve their
quality of life, which often includes educating them about nutrition,
exercise and behavior modifications.”
Research shows that facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers+
demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients compared
with their peers. On average, Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent
or more cost efficient than non-BDC+ designated healthcare facilities.
Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program has
helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs
in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers,
knee and hip replacements, spine surgery, and transplants while encouraging
healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver. For more information
about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities,
People interested in learning more about the various options available
regarding the surgical treatment of obesity are invited to attend one
of the bariatric symposiums held at Huntington Hospital. They take place
the first Wednesday of each month from 7-9 p.m.
People may also find a physician by calling(800) 903-9233.