OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois with a Blue Distinction® Centers for Bariatric Surgery designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities that show a commitment to delivering high quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.
The Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery program provides a full range of bariatric surgery care; including surgical care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up care, and patient education.
Bariatric surgeries are among the most common elective surgeries in the U.S. — with more than 252,000 bariatric surgeries performed in 2018 based on a report from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 42.7 percent of U.S. adults and 18.5 percent of youth are obese and are impacted by obesity-related health conditions. With obesity reaching epidemic levels among U.S. adults, a significant opportunity exists to improve quality care for bariatric surgeries within the national healthcare system.
OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois for meeting the rigorous Blue Distinction Center quality selection criteria for bariatric surgery set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
"We are proud and honored to have achieved this accreditation as a Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery designation,” said Mary Alberts RN BSN
Bariatric Coordinator, OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center. “This further validates to our patients and community that we provide, high quality, patient centered care. Our mission is to continue to provide bariatric patients with an unparalleled level of evidence-based pre-operative, surgical and post-operative care.”
The annual healthcare spend on obesity and obesity-related conditions expected is expected to rise by 2030, if the rate of obesity in the U.S. continues to climb. Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for severely obese patients because it allows for substantial, sustained weight loss, which leads to, improves, or resolves obesity-related co-morbidities like type 2 diabetes. On average, healthcare costs were reduced by 29 percent within five years following bariatric surgery, due to the reduction or elimination of obesity-related conditions, based on findings by ASMBS.
The OSF Little Company of Mary Bariatric Surgery Center is committed to high standards of quality for its surgical procedures as well as the complete lifestyle assistance that must accompany them. “We offer a complete team of specialists from our bariatric surgeons to a support staff including nutritionists, psychologists and more to provide new answers and options for overcoming obesity and give you the healthier, happier life you deserve”, said Alberts.
To receive a Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery designation, a healthcare facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety measures as well as bariatric-specific quality measures, including complication and readmission rate for laparoscopic procedures in sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and adjustable gastric band. All designated facilities must also be nationally accredited at both the facility and bariatric program-specific levels.
“This Blue Distinction Specialty Care program designation demonstrates a commitment to quality and helping members better manage their care,” said Derek Robinson, MD, MBA, FACEP, CHCQM, chief medical officer, BCBSIL. “Congratulations to OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center on receiving this honor.”
Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, cellular immunotherapy, fertility care, gene therapy, knee and hip replacement, maternity care, spine surgery, substance use treatment and recovery, and transplants, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver. Research shows that, compared to other healthcare facilities, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients.
For more information about the Bariatric program at OSF Little Company of Mary call 708-229-5969 or visit our website. For more information about the Blue Distinction program and for a complete listing of designated facilities, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.