This prestigious designation recognizes health care facilities that deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes.
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).
SJRMC is proud to be recognized by Blue Shield of California for meeting the rigorous selection criteria for cardiac care set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
“It is an honor to be recognized by Blue Shield for our work in cardiac care,” said Darren Lee, President and CEO at St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital. “This designation validates our commitment to delivering the highest quality care providing the best possible outcomes for our community.”
The cardiac care program at SJRMC offers various treatments for heart disease including non-invasive cardiology services, surgical heart and vascular interventions, beating heart surgery, and minimally invasive valve repair/replacement. SJRMC also has a dedicated outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming more than 610,000 lives—1 in 4—each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.1By 2030, 40.5 percent of the U.S. population is projected to have some form of cardiovascular disease, and the cost of cardiac care is expected to reach $818 billion—an increase of almost 300 percent from 2010, according to the American Heart Association. The Blue Distinction Specialty Care program seeks to reduce this burden by empowering patients with the knowledge and tools to find quality cardiac care.
Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery and transplants, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver. Research shows that facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients compared with their peers.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2013 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released 2015. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2013, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program: http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html. Accessed on Feb 3, 2015.