Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has recognized Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center with a Blue Distinction® Center for Bariatric Surgery designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.
To receive a Blue Distinction Center 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. A healthcare facility must also be nationally accredited at both the facility and bariatric program-specific levels.
In 2017, the Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery program expanded to include not only the type of service provided, but also the site of care. Healthcare facilities were evaluated as either a comprehensive center, or as an ambulatory surgery center.
“As the region’s premier surgical care provider, Our Lady of the Lake is committed to the highest quality in bariatric surgery services,” said Scott Wester, president and CEO at Our Lady of the Lake. “We are honored to receive this designation as it recognizies our team’s daily pursuit of excellence and the exceptional care they provide.”