Blue Shield of California has recognized Huntington Memorial Hospital 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.
“We are very proud of this designation, which is a tribute to the dedicated team of physicians, nurses, technicians and therapists who helped develop Huntington Hospital’s comprehensive programs in cardiac care,” said Steve Ralph, CEO at Huntington Hospital. “Their clinical expertise in this area of specialty care has resulted in better overall results for our patients.”
The Huntington Hospital Heart and Vascular Center is a recognized leader in cardiac care, providing over 2,000 catheterizations and electrophysiology procedures and 42,000 non-invasive cardiac diagnostic procedures each year. Huntington Hospital recently received the Distinguished Hospital Award for clinical excellence, and is recognized for providing a superior level of care and service. The Huntington Hospital Heart and Vascular Center exceeded national standards in nine out of ten clinical measures. The center offers a full spectrum of services, including screening and diagnostic tests, advanced medical and surgical treatments, and cardiac rehabilitation and education programs.
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). Huntington Hospital is proud to be recognized by Blue Shield of California for meeting the rigorous selection cardiac care criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program.
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.