Blue Distinction Centers
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. When it is you or someone you care about that is need of heart care, you want to find a facility you can trust.
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.
Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care and Blue Distinction Centers+ for Cardiac Care provide a full range of cardiac care services, including inpatient cardiac care, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery (including coronary artery bypass graft surgery).
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina only recognizes Blue Distinction Centers+ for Cardiac Care.