|Blue Center of Distinction|
Great National Recognition
The Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Surgical Center has been designated a Blue Center of Distinction by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association for its unprecedented quality, collaboration and affordability.
Blue Distinction is a nationwide program that creates an unprecedented level of healthcare transparency for consumers and providers. Driven by quality, collaboration and affordability, Blue Distinction strengthens consumer engagement and provider partnerships through this specialty centers, which offer the best practices and standards of care in bariatric surgery.
Obesity is widely recognized as a contributor to serious health risks. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the total number of Americans having weight-loss surgery more than quadrupled between 1998 and 2002 – from 13,386 to 71,733 – with part of the increase driven by a 900 percent rise in surgeries on patients between the ages of 55 and 64. Blue Distinction provides objective information to help patients make informed decisions when choosing a provider.
Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery provide a full range of bariatric surgery care services, including inpatient care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up care and patient education. More than 200 Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery have been awarded across the country.