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Blue Distinction Center

Blue Distinction Center Designation

Bariatric Surgery

IU Health North Hospital has been named a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross Blue Shield in bariatric surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield started the Blue Distinction Center program to identify hospitals with expertise in providing specialty care.

To earn this designation, each facility met nationally established quality care and outcomes criteria developed by the medical community. Hospitals are evaluated on the care team’s expertise and the number of procedures performed at the location. Blue Distinction Centers have a history of delivering better results – including fewer complications and readmissions – than hospitals without these recognitions.


Cardiac Care

Four Indiana University Health hospitals have been named Blue Distinction Centers by Blue Cross Blue Shield in cardiac care. Blue Cross Blue Shield started the Blue Distinction Center program to identify hospitals with expertise in providing specialty care.

To earn this designation, each facility met nationally established quality care and outcomes criteria developed by the medical community. Hospitals are evaluated on the care team’s expertise and the number of procedures performed at the location. Blue Distinction Centers have a history of delivering better results – including fewer complications and readmissions – than hospitals without these recognitions.

The four IU Health hospitals with the Blue Distinction Center designation are:

Hospital Cardiac care
Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital BDC
Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital BDC
Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital BDC
Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital BDC

Complex and Rare Cancers

IU Health University Hospital has been named a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross Blue Shield in complex and rare cancers. Blue Cross Blue Shield started the Blue Distinction Center program to identify hospitals with expertise in providing specialty care.

To earn this designation, each facility met nationally established quality care and outcomes criteria developed by the medical community. Hospitals are evaluated on the care team’s expertise and the number of procedures performed at the location. Blue Distinction Centers have a history of delivering better results – including fewer complications and readmissions – than hospitals without these recognitions.


Spine Surgery/Knee and Hip Replacement

Five Indiana University Health hospitals have been named Blue Distinction Centers by Blue Cross Blue Shield in spine surgery and/or knee and hip replacement. Blue Cross Blue Shield started the Blue Distinction Center program to identify hospitals with expertise in providing specialty care.

To earn this designation, each facility met nationally established quality care and outcomes criteria developed by the medical community. Hospitals are evaluated on the care team’s expertise and the number of procedures performed at the location. Blue Distinction Centers have a history of delivering better results – including fewer complications and readmissions – than hospitals without these recognitions.

The five IU Health hospitals with the Blue Distinction Center designation are:

Hospital Spine Surgery Knee & Hip Replacement
Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital BDC N/A
Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital BDC+ BDC+
Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital BDC BDC+
Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital BDC BDC+
Indiana University Health North Hospital BDC+ BDC+

Transplants

Three Indiana University Health hospitals have been named Blue Distinction Centers by Blue Cross Blue Shield in transplants. Blue Cross Blue Shield started the Blue Distinction Center program to identify hospitals with expertise in providing specialty care.

To earn this designation, each facility met nationally established quality care and outcomes criteria developed by the medical community. Hospitals are evaluated on the care team’s expertise and the number of procedures performed at the location. Blue Distinction Centers have a history of delivering better results – including fewer complications and readmissions – than hospitals without these recognitions.

The three IU Health hospitals with the Blue Distinction Center designation are:

Hospital Transplants
Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health BDC (autologous and allogeneic bone marrow/stem cell and heart)
Indiana University Health University Hospital BDC (abdominal)
Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital BDC (heart and lung)