CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Named A Blue Distinction Center and a Blue Distinction Center+ March 09, 2016

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System is designated a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross Blue Shield in orthopedics for knee and hip replacement surgery and spine surgery. Also, the system was designated a Blue Distinction Center+ for cardiac care and bariatric surgery.

To earn these designations, the system underwent a rigorous application process to evaluate whether the system met or surpassed nationally established objective quality measures. Both prestigious designations further prove the system’s commitment to continued advancement and investment in the Southeast Texas community, bringing the best in healthcare services closer to home, to help people live well.

Blue Distinction® is a national designation program to recognize facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care – safely, efficiently and cost effectively. Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Center and Blue Distinction Center+ are proven to do better than other healthcare facilities in quality and safety with fewer complications and readmissions as well as affordability.

“CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System is honored to earn national recognition for specialty care from Blue Cross Blue Shield and proud to be the only top ranked facility in Southeast Texas providing a full range of specialty care services such as cardiac, bariatric, spine, and orthopedic care,” said CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System CEO Paul Trevino. “This designation is a proof point that our system continues to advance services, technology, efficiency and affordability to help members of our community live well.”

As part of their Blue Distinction Centers of Excellence program, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas ranks highest among the top 10% of all US health systems that Blue Cross Blue Shield works with in expertise, procedure performance and performance history. Also, the system offers more cost efficient healthcare than other non-designated hospitals, and outperforms facilities in quality and safety.

To obtain designation in cardiac care, systems such as CHRISTUS Southeast Texas must provide a full range of cardiac care services, including inpatient cardiac care, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery. More so, systems named with Blue Distinction Centers+ designations are also 20 percent more cost-efficient than non-designated hospitals for those same cardiac procedures.

Regarding bariatric care and Blue Distinction Center+ designation, systems such as CHRISTUS Southeast Texas must provide a full range of bariatric surgery care including inpatient care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up care and patient education.

Lastly, to obtain recognition in orthopedic care in knee, hip and spine surgery, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas must provide comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries. In addition to the designation of excellence in services, research confirms that hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for spine surgery have fewer complications and fewer hospital readmissions than non-designated hospitals.

To learn more about the Blue Distinction Centers of Excellence program, visit www.christussetx.org/blue-distinction.