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Published on November 12, 2013

Medical Center in Midland Recognized for Quality in Cardiac Care

Hospital among first to receive new designation for delivering quality and cost-efficient cardiac procedures

MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland is one of the first hospitals in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction Center+SM designation in the area of cardiac care, as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program. 

Blue Distinction Centers, awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, 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.

“Our cardiovascular services team earned this recognition by adhering to rigorous cardiac care selection criteria,” said Tim Wescott, R.T.(R), F.A.S.R.T., director of cardiovascular services at MidMichigan Health. “This distinction means that patients who need cardiovascular service can feel confident in choosing MidMichigan.”

To receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac CareSM designation, a hospital must demonstrate success in meeting both general quality and safety criteria, such as preventing hospital-acquired infections, lower rates of complications and death following cardiac surgery; and meet measures for  non-surgical procedures, such as cardiac stent placement. Additionally, selected hospitals must show better cost efficiency relative to their peers. 

Cardiac-related procedures such as bypass and cardiac stent insertion cost the nation more than $28 billion annually.  The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program seeks to reduce this burden by empowering patients with the knowledge and tools to find both quality and value for their cardiac care needs.

“Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan congratulates MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland for its excellence in cardiac care. Earning the Blue Distinction Center designation for Cardiac Care assures the community that it can rely on the high quality of cardiac care at this hospital,” said David Share, M.D., senior vice president, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Research shows that Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications following certain cardiac procedures and lower rates of healthcare associated infections, compared with their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient for those same procedures.

The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program identifies hospitals delivering quality care in bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery, and transplants. These specialty areas comprise approximately 30 percent of inpatient hospital expenditures. 

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MidMichigan Health offers a full array of cardiovascular services, including open-heart surgery, electrophysiology for heart rhythm problems and advanced interventional procedures. Additional information about MidMichigan’s comprehensive heart and vascular program is available on this website.

MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland is an affiliate of MidMichigan Health, a non-profit health system affiliated with the University of Michigan Health System. Headquartered in Midland, Mich., it covers a 14-county region with medical centers in Alma, Clare, Gladwin and Midland, as well as urgent care centers, home care, nursing homes, physicians, and other specialty services. MidMichigan has 4,900 employees, physicians and volunteers. Last year, MidMichigan provided $88 million in charity care and other benefits to improve the health of the communities MidMichigan serves.

Blue Distinction Centers® (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction Centers+SM (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria are displayed on A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area. For details on Local Blue Plan Criteria, a provider’s in-network status, or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan. Each hospital’s Cost Index is calculated with data from its Local Blue Plan. Hospitals in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two Cost Index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both Cost Index figures must meet BDC+ national criteria. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for damages or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.