Porter Regional Hospital Earns Blue Distinction Centers+ Designation for Cardiac Care

Porter-New-Hospital-Coming-Soon Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield has recognized Porter Regional Hospital with a Blue Distinction Centers+ for Cardiac Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated providers that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally and is expected to claim more than 23.6 million lives annually by 2030. Blue Distinction Centers+ for Cardiac Care seek to empower patients with the knowledge and tools to find quality cardiac care. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers+ designation, hospitals must demonstrate expertise in delivering safe and effective cardiac care, focusing on cardiac valve surgery, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) episodes of care. Hospitals receiving a Blue Distinction Centers+ designation must also demonstrate better cost-efficiency compared to their peers.

Only those hospitals that first meet nationally established quality measures for Blue Distinction Centers are considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Centers+.

“At Porter Regional Hospital, our Center for Cardiovascular Medicine and our cardiovascular physicians are among the best in the nation” said Sean Dardeau, Chief Executive Officer for Porter Regional Hospital. He continued, “Their focus on quality and providing the most current, advance care is impressive and is evidenced by the many certifications and awards we’ve earned, including this honor from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.”

“Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is committed to ensuring that Indiana health care consumers have access to the highest quality medical care,” said Rob Hillman, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana. “We congratulate Porter Regional Hospital and appreciate their role in providing outstanding cardiac care for Anthem’s consumers.”

Hospitals recognized with this designation are assessed using a combination of quality information supplied by hospitals and third party data registries, and cost measures derived from Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies’ medical claims.

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, cellular immunotherapy, fertility care, gene therapy, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery, and transplants, while encouraging health care professionals to improve the care they deliver. Research shows that compared to other providers, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients. On average, Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient than non-Blue Distinction Center+ designated providers.

Porter Regional Hospital has also been recognized with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Blue Distinction designations for Maternity Care and Knee and Hip Replacements.