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Geisinger-Community Medical Center Earns Blue Distinction Center+® Award For Cardiac Care

February 12, 2014

SCRANTON – Geisinger-Community Medical Center (G-CMC) has been named a Blue DistinctionCenter+® in the area of Cardiac Care as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program by Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA).  

The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities such as G-CMCthat have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care.

We’re extremely proud of the quality care that our cardiac team delivers to the community,” said Anthony D. Aquilina, D.O., chief medical officer, G-CMC. “The Heart and Vascular Institute at G-CMC is focused on establishing standards and partnerships that distinguish the hospital from other health care systems both locally and across the country. We’re honored to be awarded this distinction, which helps affirm that objective.”

To earn BCNEPA’s Blue DistinctionCenter+® designation, G-CMC was evaluated based on an objective, evidence-based selection criteria established with input from expert physicians and medical organizations.

“Our goal with the Blue Distinction Centers+ for Specialty Care® program is to identify local medical facilities that deliver higher overall quality and positive patient outcomes for a specific area of specialty care, such as cardiac care,” said Nina M. Taggart, M.D., vice president of clinical operations and chief medical officer, BCNEPA.  “This helps our members, and all local residents, make more informed health care decisions.”

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. Blue Distinction Centers+ also are more than 20 percent more cost-efficient.

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.

About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCNEPA offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to more than 540,000 individuals in 13 counties in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. The company’s mission is to provide integrated health care services and products to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the populations it serves. 

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