Forrest General maintains designation as a Blue Distinction+ Center of Excellence - Forrest Health
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    Published on May 18, 2016

    Forrest General Hospital has maintained their designation as a Blue Distinction+ Center of Excellence in knee and hip surgery, spine surgery and cardiac care

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (May 4, 2016) Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi has completed an evaluation of its Network Hospitals against criteria for Blue Distinction+ Centers of Excellence in specialty care. Forrest General Hospital is proud to announce that they have maintained their designation as a Blue Distinction+ Center of Excellence in knee and hip surgery, spine surgery and cardiac care. Forrest General was first named a Blue Distinction+ Center of Excellence in 2013.

    The Blue Distinction+ Centers of Excellence program recognizes Network Hospitals and their Network Physicians that demonstrate high levels of performance in delivering quality specialty care safely, efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. 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, costs and total value, and then meet additional criteria as defined by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi.

    “The Blue Distinction from Blue Cross Blue Shield gives patients peace of mind in knowing that they are choosing a healthcare provider with a proven track record of success in specific areas. Forrest General is very proud to be recognized with the Blue Distinction in orthopedics, spine surgery and cardiac care as an added reassurance for patients who are entrusting their care to our physicians and staff,” said Forrest Health President and CEO, Evan Dillard.

    Blue Distinction+ designation for cardiac care is part of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s statewide Cardiac Care Collaborative with its Network Providers that provide cardiovascular disease management. The Collaborative focuses on best practice care coordination with the goal of healthier outcomes through an emphasis on quality and prevention.

    “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 for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. “The Centers of Excellence program highlights the commitment and overall results of these hospitals and surgeons.”

    Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and its Network Providers are working on quality and performance measures for the diagnosis, treatment and management of cardiovascular disease from initial preventive risk assessment to surgical management. This includes the delivery of cardiac care hospital specialty procedures such as cardiovascular stent placement, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and valve replacement.

    The Blue Distinction+ Center of Excellence designation is one component of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s collaboration with its Network Providers to build a cardiac care continuum, and illustrates that quality and cost-effective healthcare choices for improved health are what the “Value of Blue” provides to Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi members. For more information on Blue Distinction+ Centers for Specialty Care, please visit www.bcbsms.com.


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