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BCBSOK Designates Oklahoma Heart Institute on the Campus of Hillcrest Medical Center and INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center as Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care®

June 10, 2010

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma recently designated Oklahoma Heart Institute on the Campus of Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa and INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City as Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care. Through the Blue Distinction Center designation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield members have a credible means of identifying hospitals that meet their individual health care needs for select procedures and conditions.

Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care demonstrate their commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for cardiac patients.

To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care, Oklahoma Heart Institute and INTEGRIS met evidence-based clinical criteria developed in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations, such as the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Measures included:

  • An established cardiac care program, performing required annual volumes for certain procedures (e.g. a minimum of 125 cardiac surgical procedures annually, including both coronary artery bypass graft and/or valve surgery);
  • Appropriate experience of its cardiac team, including sub-specialty board certification for interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons;
  • An established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency care/services and a full range of cardiac services;
  • Full facility accreditation by a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-deemed national accreditation organization;
  • Low overall complication and mortality rates; and
  • A comprehensive quality management program.


Blue Distinction Centers are identified in six categories: bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and transplants; identified centers across the nation that meet the criteria are posted for the public on www.BCBS.com. See the chart below for Blue Distinction Centers in Oklahoma:

Name

City

Designated for the following:

Oklahoma Heart Institute on the Campus of
Hillcrest Medical Center

Tulsa

  • Cardiac Care

INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center

Oklahoma City

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Cardiac Care
  • Transplants
    • Adult Heart
    • Adult Liver

Norman Regional Hospital

Norman

  • Bariatric Surgery


For more information about Blue Distinction, go to www.BCBS.com/bluedistinction. Members can find out which services are covered under their policies at any facility by calling the number on the back of their ID cards.

There is no affiliation between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and Hillcrest Medical Center or Integris Baptist Medical Center.  The relationship between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and Hillcrest Medical Center and INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center is that of independent contractors.