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Sequoia Hospital Earns Blue Distinction Specialty Care Designation for Quality in Cardiac Care


Dignity Health Sequoia 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.

“The staff and physicians at the Sequoia Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute are proud to be recognized by Blue Shield of California in this way,” said Julie Biglieri, RN, director of the Sequoia Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute. “As a hospital affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, we are focused on positive patient outcomes. Designations like Blue Distinction show our continued commitment to patient safety and quality care.”

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 the Sequoia Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute has received for cardiac care. Earlier this year, Sequoia received recognition from Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for cardiac surgery, and as among the Top 10 percent nationwide for cardiac care. Sequoia also received the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award in 2015 from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,

About Sequoia Hospital 

Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital providing innovative and exceptional health care for generations of Bay Area residents. Sequoia’s Heart and Vascular Institute is a nationally known pioneer in advanced cardiac care, affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. Sequoia has received national recognition as one of America’s top 100 hospitals for cardiac care, as well as for superior patient safety from Healthgrades. Our Birth Center is consistently ranked as a favorite among Peninsula families, and we’re also known for our Center for Total Joint Replacement and comprehensive emergency care. Our new state-of-the-art Pavilion combines the most advanced medical and surgical services with a unique healing environment, including private, spacious rooms and inviting garden areas.  

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.

For more information about the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, visit  www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.