West Chester Hospital Named Anthem Blue Distinction Center and Aetna Bariatric Institute of Quality

West Chester, OH—July 21, 2015— West Chester Hospital has received two prestigious designations for its Bariatric Surgery program: the hospital was recently named a Blue Distinction Center in Bariatric Surgery by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, as well as an Aetna Bariatric Institute of Quality.

The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care. The program includes robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety, as well as new cost-efficiency measures. This designation signifies that West Chester Hospital has met nationally established quality-focused criteria that emphasize patient safety and outcomes, and that are based upon the feedback of the medical community. Criteria are based upon how patient care is impacted by the expertise of the medical team, the number of times the facility has performed the procedure, and the facility’s track-record for procedure results.

Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery are identified in the Blues’ National Doctor & Hospital Finder at http://provider.bcbs.com. This posting is an important component in differentiating designated facilities, and helping Blue members make better-informed decisions about where they seek specialty care. West Chester Hospital is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

“It’s gratifying to see the hard work of the entire team at the UC Health Weight Loss Center receiving the recognition it deserves,” says Brad Watkins, MD, director of the UC Health Weight Loss Center. “However, it’s even more encouraging to know that patients who are seeking the very best care for their weight loss surgery can rest assured that our program is certified and recognized for its quality, excellence and efficiency. Anthem and Aetna awards programs, and others like it, are valuable in helping patients make the best decisions for their health care.”

Since 2006, consumers, medical providers and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction program to identify hospitals delivering quality care in Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Care, Complex and Rare Cancers, Knee and Hip Replacements, Spine Surgery, and Transplants. Research confirms that designated Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. Blue Distinction Centers also are more than 20 percent more cost-efficient. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed healthcare decisions. These results will also enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality and cost objectives.

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