September 19, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – 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 (such as cardiac stent placement). St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana is proud to be recognized by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for meeting the rigorous selection Cardiac Care criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.
"The Blue Distinction Center® designation illustrates our commitment to providing the highest quality of care – including fewer complications and readmissions – for the patients we serve," said Blake Dye, president of St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana. "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 US 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," said Robert W. Hillman, Anthem president. "We congratulate St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana and appreciate the important role they play in providing quality medical services to Anthem's 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 healthcare 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 approximately 30 percent of inpatient hospital expenditures. For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit 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 & 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.
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Blue Distinction Centers® (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction Centers+SM (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers' need for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria are displayed on www.bcbs.com. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area. For details on Local Blue Plan Criteria, a provider's in-network status, or your own policy's coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan. Each hospital's Cost Index is calculated with data from its Local Blue Plan. Hospitals in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans' areas, resulting in two Cost Index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both Cost Index figures must meet BDC+ national criteria. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for damages or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.
St.Vincent Heart Center of IndianaThe St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana (SVHCI) program location at 106th and Meridian Streets is a hospital in which physicians have an ownership or investment interest. Physician investors of this hospital are members of the medical staffs of hospitals affiliated with St.Vincent Health, Inc. SVHCI opened as the first freestanding heart hospital in the Indianapolis metro area in 2002. The 120-bed hospital specializes in interventional cardiology, cardiac catheterization, cardiac surgery, vascular medicine, thoracic procedures and transplants. SVHCI is home to the $49 Heart Scan; 24/7 Heart Emergency Unit; the A-Fib Center of Excellence; the Congestive Heart Failure Center of Excellence; the Indiana Heart Attack Network; and the Sleep Center of Indiana. SVHCI also has a program on the St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital campus located at 86th Street. These two programs have been named number one and two in the state by HealthGrades for Overall Cardiac Care in 2013. Additionally, SVHCI received the HealthGrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award for the second consecutive year, and was rated among the top 5 percent in the nation for Overall Cardiac Services, Cardiology Services, and Coronary Interventional Procedures. Both programs are also recognized as Accredited Chest Pain Centers.
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