Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

September 25, 2013

St. Vincent recognized for quality care

Hendricks County Flyer

---- — Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield has recognized St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana with a Blue Distinction Center designation for delivering quality cardiac care, as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community.

In 2006, the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program was developed to help patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver.

To receive a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care designation, a hospital must demonstrate success in meeting both general quality and safety criteria, such as preventing hospital-acquired infections, and cardiac-specific quality measures for cardiac surgical and non-surgical procedures like a cardiac stent placement.

“The Blue Distinction Center designation illustrates our commitment to providing the highest quality of care — including fewer complications and re-admissions — for the patients we serve,” Blake Dye, president of St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana said in a press release. “We are honored to be recognized among top cardiac providers across the nation.”

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.

“Since 1944 Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana has been proud to salute health care facilities that provide outstanding health care value based on their commitment to delivering better patient outcomes,” Robert W. Hillman, Anthem president, said. “We congratulate St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana and appreciate the important role they play in providing quality medical services to Anthem members.”

Research shows that Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications for certain cardiac procedures and lower rates of health care associated infections, compared with their peers.

The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program identifies hospitals delivering quality care in bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery, and transplants. These specialty areas comprise about 30 percent of inpatient hospital expenditures.

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, visit the website at www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.

St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana focuses on rigorous, specialized treatment of cardiovascular disease in a comfortable and caring environment at two locations: 106th and North Meridian Street and on the campus of St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital on West 86th Street.

Services at St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana include 24/7 Heart Emergency Unit/Accredited Chest Pain Center, $49 HeartScan, Arctic Sun therapeutic hypothermia equipment, bypass, heart valve, and other open heart surgery, cardiac catheterization, heart transplants, Indiana Heart Attack Network (IHAN), interventional cardiology, minimally invasive and robot-assisted heart surgery, pacemaker installation and replacement, port access surgery, radiology services, Sleep Center of Indiana, targeted diagnostic services, The Vascular Institute, and Women’s Cardiac Risk Clinic.