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Saint Mary’s Receives Blue Distinction Center Designation for Spine Surgery and Cardiac Care

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Saint Mary's Receives Blue Distinction Center

Designation for Spine Surgery and Cardiac Care

RENO, Nev. – Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 - Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada has named Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Plus Center in Spine and Cardiac Care. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care – which expanded recently to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety.

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. The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community, and include general quality and safety metrics plus program specific metrics. Saint Mary's Medical Center is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

"This designation shows our commitment to providing quality care for our patients," said Helen Lidholm, chief executive officer of Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. "We believe it is important to be known for our high standard of excellence and superior service we offer to the community."

"Blue Distinction puts a high value on research and evidence-based health and medical information," said Mike Murphy, president and general manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada. "Blue Distinction Centers show our commitment to working with doctors and hospitals in communities across the country to identify leading institutions that meet clinically validated quality standards and deliver better overall outcomes in patient care."

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. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed healthcare decisions. These results will also enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality objectives.

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Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed acute care hospital offering inpatient, outpatient and wellness services. Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary's offers a robust line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer featuring the region's only CyberKnife radiosurgery delivery system, state-of-the-art William N. Pennington Emergency Room and Senior ER and a Cardiology program dedicated to long-term wellness. The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group and a state-of-the-art Center for Health & Fitness. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary's is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit