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Press Release Archive (2016)

Lowell General Hospital’s Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery is recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield as a “Blue Distinction” facility.

Blue DistinctionBlue Distinction® is a designation given by Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies to hospitals that have demonstrated expertise in delivery quality healthcare. At the core of the Blue Distinction program are the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® facilities that are recognized for their distinguished care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery, and transplants.

The designation is based on rigorous, clinically meaningful measures (or "selection criteria") established in collaboration with expert physicians' and medical organizations' input. The program's goal is to help consumers find healthcare facilities that have demonstrated better overall outcomes (e.g., fewer medical complications, fewer readmissions and higher survival rates) in the delivery of specialty care. For each specialty area, BCBS seeks input from leading medical organizations to do a thorough review of nationally established measures and evidence-based research and works closely with expert physicians.

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