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Dominican Hospital Earns Blue Distinction Specialty Care Distinction


Dignity Health Dominican Hospital has received designation as a Blue Distinction® Center in the Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care program, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

“This is the second time Dominican has earned this designation, and we are proud to have been honored by Blue Shield of California in this way,” said Sarah Edmundson, RN, director of cardiovascular services. “Our dedicated employees and medical staff work hard to maintain exemplary patient safety and quality care, and ably met the rigorous standards for this recognition.” 

To receive a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care designation, a hospital must demonstrate its expertise in delivering safe and effective cardiac care, focusing on cardiac valve surgery, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) episodes of care. A hospital must also have earned national accreditation at the facility level.  

This designation is one of many Dominican Hospital has received. Earlier this year, Dominican received recognition from Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for coronary intervention, and as among the Top 10 percent nationwide for cardiac surgery. The hospital offers the most comprehensive cardiac services in the Monterey Bay area, including the cutting edge TAVR procedure, which allows for aortic valve replacement without opening a patient’s chest. Dominican is the emergency chest pain center and STEMI receiving center for Santa Cruz County. 

About Dominican Hospital 

Dignity Health Dominican Hospital has been caring for the Santa Cruz County community for more than

70 years. Dominican offers emergency services and is a Certified Stroke Center and Santa Cruz County’s STEMI receiving center (early heart attack care). Dominican’s services include the only comprehensive

Cancer Center in Santa Cruz County, a Total Joint Replacement program, advanced neurological and endoscopic services, and an expert heart and vascular team treating some of the most complex cardiac cases in the Monterey Bay area. Dominican regularly receives ‘A’ grades for hospital safety from Leapfrog Group, and has received national recognition for superior patient safety, cardiac care, and stroke treatment from Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Dominican also has received several awards for environmental excellence.

About Blue Shield of California 

Blue Shield of California, an independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a nonprofit health plan with 4 million members, 6,800 employees and more than $13 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1939 and headquartered in San Francisco, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare health care service plans in California. The company’s mission is to ensure all Californians have access to high-quality care at an affordable price. Blue Shield has contributed more than $325 million over the past ten years to the Blue Shield of California Foundation.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for nearly 105 million members – one in three Americans.  

About Blue Distinction Centers

Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Each facility’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Facilities in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on www.bcbs.com. Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue

Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.

Read more about the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.