Five Nebraska Hospitals Named Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care

OMAHA (Nov. 27, 2013) – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has recognized five Nebraska hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers in cardiac care.

Blue Distinction Centers are part of a national designation program recognizing hospitals that meet quality-focused criteria surrounding patient safety and outcomes. There are two levels of recognition: Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+. 

The five Nebraska hospitals recognized are:

Blue Distinction Centers (meet quality standards)

  • Alegent Creighton Health – Bergan Mercy Medical Center (Omaha)
  • Alegent Creighton Health – Creighton University Medical Center (Omaha)
  • Methodist Hospital (Omaha)

Blue Distinction Centers+
(meet quality standards AND demonstrate cost-efficiency)

  • BryanLGH Medical Center East (Lincoln)
  • The Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha)

Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ in other areas of specialty care can be found at under “Find a Doctor.”

“Choosing a hospital is an important decision consumers make when they need medical care,” said Dr. Dave Filipi, BCBSNE medical director. “Blue Distinction Centers should give them confidence in selecting a facility that has shown proven results in providing high-quality care.”

Research shows that Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications following certain cardiac procedures and lower rates of healthcare associated infections compared with their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient than non-designated hospitals for those same cardiac procedures.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming nearly 600,000 lives each year.  Cardiac procedures, including bypass and cardiac stent placement, are among the most common major medical procedures provided by the U.S. health care system, with more than 1 million procedures performed annually. These cardiac related procedures cost the nation more than $28 billion annually. 

The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program seeks to reduce this burden by empowering patients with the knowledge and tools to find both quality and value for their cardiac care needs.

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For more information, contact Nathan Odgaard, (402) 982-6528.