From Illinois Business Journal News Services
BELLEVILLE — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois recently designated HSHS Elizabeth’s Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ in the insurance company’s Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care program.
Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health-care facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community.
“Prairie Heart Institute at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is proud to be the only hospital in the Metro East region to receive this high-level designation, recognized by Blue Cross and Blue of Shield of Illinois for meeting the rigorous selection criteria for cardiac care set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program,” said Bonita Schnieder, MS, RT, director of Heart and Vascular Services at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
To receive a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care designation, a hospital must demonstrate its expertise in delivering safe and effective cardiac care, focusing on cardiac valve surgery, coronary artery bypass graft and percutaneous coronary interventions episodes of care. A hospital must also have earned national accreditation at the facility level. In addition to meeting established quality thresholds, these hospitals must also demonstrate better cost-efficiency compared to their peers.