Holston Valley Medical Center earns distinction from BlueCross BlueShield for bariatric surgery

Holston Valley Medical Center’s bariatric surgery program has been recognized for exceptional patient outcomes and cost efficiencies by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

The hospital’s Comprehensive Weight Management Center has been named a Blue Distinction Center+ for gastric stapling and as a Blue Distinction Center in gastric banding.

Blue Distinction Centers+ meet national criteria for quality care and have a cost structure that addresses consumers’ need for affordable health care. Blue Distinction Centers identify hospitals that outperform peer facilities in safety and quality.

The Comprehensive Weight Management Center has long been lauded for its thorough, fully rounded approach to weight-loss surgery, which includes:

  • Experienced bariatric surgeons
  • Bariatric nurse practitioners who collaborate with surgeons for medical care and help facilitate patients’ progress
  • A licensed practical nurse insurance referral coordinator and clinical assistant who help patients navigate insurance requirements and program steps
  • A registered dietitian who coaches patients on the best and most nutritious food choices

Since 2006, consumers, 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 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 these designations are publicly available. For more information, please visit www.bcbs.com/why-bcbs/blue-distinction.