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The Nebraska Medical Center Named a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery®

Blue Distinction in Bariatric SurgeryBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has designated The Nebraska Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery.

Obesity is widely recognized as a contributor to serious health risks. Bariatric surgery may help some individuals reduce extreme obesity and its associated health risks, and Blue Distinction provides objective information to help them make informed decisions when choosing a provider.

"The medical center's bariatric surgery program team is very proud to receive the Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery," said Corrigan McBride, MD, bariatric surgeon at The Nebraska Medical Center. "The designation is a great acknowledgement of our commitment and achievements."

The Nebraska Medical Center has had a bariatric surgery program since 1992 and has helped more than 2,000 patients.

"Bariatric surgery is a tool to help patients lose weight and improve their health," said Dr. McBride. "Patients have excellent outcomes when surgery is done as part of a multi-disciplinary team approach such as we have at the Nebraska Medical Center."

The multi-disciplinary team includes bariatric surgeons, physician assistants, certified bariatric nurses, dietitians, psychologists and administrative staff.

The Nebraska Medical Center provides a full range of bariatric surgery care services, including inpatient care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up and patient education.

"Blue Distinction signifies excellence in medical care and we congratulate The Nebraska Medical Center for achieving this designation for its bariatric surgery program," said William Minier, M.D., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Chief Medical Officer. "Blue Distinction Centers recognize leading institutions that meet clinically validated quality standards and deliver better overall outcomes in patient care."

To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, The Nebraska Medical Center met the following criteria:

  • an established bariatric surgery program, actively performing these procedures for the most recent 12-month period and performing a required minimum volume of 125 such surgeries annually
  • appropriate experience of its bariatric surgery team
  • an acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care and emergency services
  • full accreditation by The Joint Commission, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) or national equivalent*
  • a comprehensive quality management program

Blue Distinction is a designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare. The designation is based on rigorous, evidence-based selection criteria established in collaboration with expert physicians' and medical organizations recommendations.

The Nebraska Medical Center is also a Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare CancersSM and for Spine SurgerySM & Knee and Hip ReplacementSM.

*Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, insures or provides benefit administration to nearly 700,000 people. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska is a community-based, member-owned health insurance company committed to delivering the health and wellness solutions that people value most. Among recent honors: Ranked by J.D. Power and Associates for Highest Member Satisfaction among health plans in the Heartland Region (2010, 2009), Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Councils of America (2010, 2007), and Best Places to Work in Omaha (2010, 2009, 2008).