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Ellis Medicine Receives Blue Distinction Center Designation for Cardiac Care

The Blue Distinction® Recognizes High-Performing Hospitals

7/16/2013

Latham, N.Y. – BlueShield of Northeastern New York has named Ellis Medicine as a Blue Distinction Center for excellence in Cardiac Care. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program recognizes hospitals across the country that have a proven track record for delivering better results – including fewer complications and readmissions – than hospitals without these recognitions. Blue Distinction Centers+ meet the same quality criteria as Blue Distinction Centers, but are further recognized for their expertise and efficiency in delivering high quality care that is more affordable for patients.

Since 2006, consumers, medical providers, and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction program to identify hospitals delivering quality care in Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Care, Complex and Rare Cancers, Knee and Hip Replacements, Spine Surgery, and Transplants. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program was recently expanded to include new cost efficiency measures, as well as more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety.

“The Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care is a tremendous honor,” said Robin Flint, Director, Cardiology and Critical Care Services, Ellis Medicine. “This recognition is a testament to the work of our physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, therapists and support staff and their mission of redefining cardiac care in the Capital Region.“

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming nearly 600,000 lives each year. Cardiac procedures, including bypass and cardiac stent placement, are among the most common major medical procedures provided by the US health care system, with more than 1 million procedures performed annually. These cardiac related procedures 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.

“Our Blue Distinction program recognizes area hospitals that demonstrate the highest quality of cardiac care,” said Dr. Raghu Ram, Chief Medical Officer, BlueShield of Northeastern New York. “BlueShield is dedicated to rewarding facilities that provide quality care, improve health outcomes, and reduce costs. Ellis Hospital has proven their commitment to meeting these standards of excellence.”

Research confirms that the newly designated Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed healthcare decisions. These results will also enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality objectives.

For more information about the Blue Distinction Program and to see a list of Blue Distinction Centers in your area, please visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.

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About Ellis Medicine
Ellis Medicine is a 438-bed community and teaching healthcare system serving New York’s Capital Region. With three campuses – Ellis Hospital, Ellis Health Center and Bellevue Woman’s Center – Ellis Medicine provides a lifetime of care for patients.

About BlueShield of Northeastern New York
BlueShield of Northeastern New York is a division of HealthNow New York Inc., one of New York’s leading health care companies that provides access to quality health care and innovative solutions for members throughout upstate New York. Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, the company is an independent Licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. Since 1946, BlueShield has helped millions of people lead healthier lives. Today, we offer a full range of insured, self-insured, and government programs and services covering businesses, families, and individuals, as well as life and disability coverage, dental and vision plans and stop-loss coverage. The company contributes significantly to organizations that promote physical health, community health and our region’s health and is a five time winner of the Business Review’s Best Places to Work. BlueShield believes in taking small steps towards healthier living because - Healthy Changes Everything℠. For more information visit www.bsneny.com.

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