Blue Distinction Award
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts recently recognized the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital with a Blue Distinction® Designation for making a difference in health care outcomes and value in the area of bariatric surgery. Newton-Wellesley is one of only 10 hospitals across the state that was awarded this designation in 2008 for its Bariatric Surgery Program.
Blue Distinction is a nationwide program that recognizes medical facilities that meet a national set of objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality developed in collaboration with expert clinicians and leading medical organizations.
Based on clinical data from hospitals and registries, research indicates that Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better, more consistent overall outcomes with fewer post-procedure complications and lower mortality rates. This designation provides consumers with a credible means of selecting facilities that best meet their individual specialty care needs.
This latest honor wasn’t the first time Newton-Wellesley’s Bariatric Surgery Program was recognized. Two years ago, the Hospital received accreditation as a Level 1A Bariatric Surgery Center from the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the highest level of accreditation a center can receive.
Newton-Wellesley has been a leader in bariatric surgery for the past 12 years. The surgeons have had great success with the program and average approximately 400 surgeries a year with a 95 percent success rate, which is defined as a patient who loses 65 percent of his or her excess weight and maintains that weight loss.
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