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CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Longview Recognized for Higher Quality in Bariatric Surgery February 13, 2018

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BlueCross BlueShield of Texas has recognized CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Longview with a Blue Distinction® Center for Bariatric Surgery designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities 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.

“We are proud of the remarkably high levels of care provided by the Bariatric Surgery program at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Longview and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic,” said Mark Anderson, MD, chief medical officer, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System. “To earn a distinction of quality from an organization like Blue Cross Blue Shield is a true indication of the effort, energy and skill of the members of our team. Being able to offer our patients extraordinary care and tremendous standards of service in a cost-efficient manner embodies the spirit and mission of CHRISTUS Good Shepherd.”

“Since our bariatric surgery program’s inception in 2013, we have helped more than 250 patients take control of their weight and improve their lives,” said Dustin McDermott, MD, chief of surgery for CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System, and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic physician. “This distinction recognizes the high quality, compassionate care we provide.”

To receive a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery designation, a healthcare facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety measures as well as bariatric-specific quality measures, including complication and readmission rate for laparoscopic procedures in sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and adjustable gastric band. A health care facility must also be nationally accredited at both the facility and bariatric program-specific levels, as well as demonstrated cost-efficiency compared to its peers.

In 2017, the Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery program expanded to include not only the type of service provided, but also the site of care. Health care facilities were evaluated as either a comprehensive center or as an ambulatory surgery center.