Holston Valley, Bristol Regional earn accolades from BlueCross BlueShield for high-quality cardiac care

Two Wellmont Health System hospitals that have consistently been recognized at state and national levels for high-quality heart care have received high accolades from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

The company recently recognized Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center with Blue Distinction Center+ designations for their cardiac care as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes. The Blue Distinction Center+ level for cardiac care was developed to recognize hospitals that deliver both quality and cost-efficient specialty care.

The latest recognition by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee continues a pattern of excellence by Holston Valley and Bristol Regional in cardiac care. The 2015 rankings from CareChex®, a division of Comparion that evaluates hospitals on multiple components of quality, recognized Holston Valley as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation for medical excellence in cardiac care and heart attack treatment. Additionally, CareChex named Bristol Regional in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for medical excellence in cardiac care and heart attack treatment for 2015.

A key element to that recognition has been the hospital’s work with area emergency medical services agencies to ensure rapid, accurate identification of heart attacks, which results in prompt treatment at the hospital.

This coordinated and precisely managed process is part of the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute’s Level One Heart Attack Network. A blend of speed and safety, the network has empowered cardiologists at Holston Valley and Bristol Regional to restore blood flow in a clogged artery in less than 15 minutes from the patient’s arrival at the hospital, which is considerably less time than the national benchmark of 90 minutes.

Since 2006, consumers, providers and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program to identify hospitals that deliver quality care. The program’s goal is to help consumers find quality specialty care consistently, while enabling and encouraging health care professionals to improve the overall quality and delivery of care nationwide.

Details about the designations from BlueCross BlueShield are publicly available. For more information, please visit www.bcbs.com/why-bcbs/blue-distinction.