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WellSpan York Hospital bariatric surgery receives special designation

February 10, 2015


Capital Blue Cross has recognized WellSpan York Hospital with a Blue Distinction Center designation for bariatric surgery.

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities shown to deliver quality specialty care, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community, for patient safety and better health outcomes.

To receive a Blue Distinction Center designation for bariatric surgery, a health care facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety as well as bariatric-specific quality measures, including complications and readmissions for gastric stapling and/or gastric banding procedures.  The facility must also have earned national accreditations at both the facility level and the bariatric care-specific level.

Research shows that facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients compared with their peers.