Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware has recognized Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus and Bayhealth Milford Memorial with a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals 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.

Also, only those healthcare facilities that first meet Blue Distinction’s nationally-established, objective quality measures will be considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+. Bayhealth Milford Memorial also earned the Blue Distinction Center+ designation.

For more, visit bcbs.com/bluedistinction or call 430-5454.