Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi recently announced the addition of two hospitals to the Blue Distinction+ Centers of Excellence. Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven and Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian join Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg; Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson; North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo; St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson; and Singing River Health Systems – Ocean Springs Hospital in Ocean Springs and Singing River Health Systems – Pascagoula Hospital in Pascagoula as facilities recognized for their work in meeting stringent criteria focused on patient safety and clinical outcomes.
“The Blue Distinction Centers of Excellence program recognizes those Network Hospitals and their physicians that demonstrate high levels of performance in delivering quality specialty care to their patients safely, efficiently and in a cost-effective manner,” said Dr. Thomas Fenter, Chief Medical Officer. “The Centers of Excellence program highlights the commitment and overall results of these hospitals and surgeons.”
Centers of Excellence are Network Providers that specialize in certain illness and/or treatments. Centers of Excellence must first be designated as Blue Distinction Centers by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, based on national criteria around quality, cost and total value, and then meet additional criteria as defined by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. Currently, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi has named Blue Distinction+ Centers in the areas of knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and cardiac care.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi recognizes that collaboration with its Network Providers is critical in ensuring that providers and healthcare companies share the same goals of improving care for patients. By focusing on quality, the aim is to reduce unnecessary complications and admissions, thereby, the cost of unnecessary healthcare can be avoided and overall wellness is a priority.
“While each Network Provider’s approach to quality may be different, we value the work that all of our Network Hospitals and Network Physicians are doing when it comes to overall quality healthcare improvement and will continue to recognize those sharing our goals of a healthier Mississippi,” said Dr. Fenter.
Learn more about Centers of Excellence and the services available at these facilities in the state.