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September 2013

NCH Recognized for Quality in Cardiac Care

NCH is one of the first hospitals in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction Center+SM designation in the area of cardiac care from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. 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. This year, the national program has added a new designation level, Blue Distinction Centers+, to recognize hospitals that deliver both quality and cost-efficient specialty care.

To receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac CareSM designation, NCH demonstrated success in meeting both general quality and safety criteria (such as preventing hospital-acquired infections) and cardiac-specific quality measures (related to lower rates of complications and death following cardiac surgery; and non-surgical procedures, such as cardiac stent placement) and, additionally, must show better cost efficiency relative to their peers. Quality is key: only those facilities that first meet Blue Distinction's nationally established, objective quality measures will be considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+.

NCH is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois for meeting the rigorous cardiac care selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

"At NCH we are dedicated to providing compassionate care that meets high standards of quality and cost efficiency," says Bonnie DeGrande, Director of Cardiovascular & Diabetes Services at NCH. "This designation recognizes the quality care our patients have come to expect at NCH."