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Bariatric Surgery Program Again Recognized as Blue Distinction Center+

Monday, January 29, 2018

Blue Distinction Center + Bariatric The Bariatric Surgery Program at UI Health has again received a highly coveted service designation that recognizes its commitment to nationally established cost-of-care criteria.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois recognized the program as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery. UI Health received the designation both for Gastric Stapling and Gastric Banding. The program was first named a Blue Distinction Center+ in 2016.

Blue Distinction Centers are part of a national program that recognizes facilities that demonstrate expertise in safely and effectively delivering quality specialty care. The BDC+ designation also emphasizes a center's focus on cost-of-care measures.

"We are thrilled to receive the BDC+ for Bariatric Surgery designations from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois," says Dr. Chandra Hassan, director of Bariatric Surgery at UI Health. "This designation establishes UI Health as a leader in bariatric services while informing potential bariatric patients that UI Health provides the best possible care in a consistent, equitable manner."

To achieve the BDC+ designation, a health system is evaluated on several criteria, including:

  • National accreditation
  • Bariatric program accreditation
  • Service volume
  • Reoperation, complication, and readmission rates
  • Cost of care

Visit the Bariatric Surgery Program to learn more.