Memorial Regional Hospital Receives Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Quality and Efficiency

The Blue Distinction Designation Aids Consumers and Employers in Choosing High-Performing Hospitals

Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:42 pm EDT


Hollywood, Fla.

Excellence in quality and cost of care in cardiac surgery has earned Memorial Regional Hospital the Blue Distinction Center+ designation from Florida Blue. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care – and has recently been expanded to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety as well as new cost-efficiency measures.

Since 2006, consumers, medical providers and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction program to identify hospitals delivering quality care in bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery and transplants. The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community and include general quality and safety metrics as well as program specific metrics.

Memorial Regional Hospital is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria that have been set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

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Centers+ have met rigorous program standards and demonstrated high quality and improved outcomes for patients, with low rates of complications and readmissions. The program provides consumers with tools to make better informed health care decisions, and these results enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality and cost objectives.

About Memorial Regional Hospital

Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., is one of the largest hospitals in Florida and is a facility of Memorial Healthcare System, the second-largest public healthcare system in the nation. Its wide scope of medical services and programs includes Memorial Cancer Institute, Breast Cancer Center, Cardiac and Vascular Institute, Neuroscience Center, Comprehensive Weight-Loss Surgery Program, Family Birthplace, Center for Behavioral Health, Sickle Cell Day Hospital, Women’s Services, Fitness and Rehabilitation Center, and a level I Trauma Center. For more information, visit