April 15, 2009
For the fourth consecutive year, CarolinaEast Health System’s excellence in heart care is being recognized by the area’s leading health insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. The New Bern hospital has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care®, in recognition of the quality care and positive outcomes CarolinaEast patients have experienced. The Medical Center is one of only 17 hospitals across the state, and 410 across the country to receive this designation. CarolinaEast is the only Eastern North Carolina hospital to be recognized.
“[CarolinaEast Health System] has long been a leader in the advancement of cardiac services in our region. We were the first hospital to offer outpatient cardiac rehabilitation and our program has grown to include lifesaving open heart surgery” said Ray Leggett, President and Chief Executive Officer of the 350 bed provider. “A designation of excellence by a well respected organization such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina confirms for us and for our community that our services are of the highest caliber.” To achieve this recognition, CarolinaEast Health System's cardiac services must meet strict criteria demonstrating reliability in delivering cardiac care with better overall outcomes. Blue Cross Blue Shield developed these criteria with input from expert physician panels and medical organizations including a comprehensive evaluation of cardiac care processes and procedural outcomes.
Only medical centers providing a full range of cardiac services including inpatient cardiac care, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization (including coronary intervention) and cardiac surgery are considered for this designation. Since its inception in the late 1980’s, CarolinaEast Health System’s cardiac program has grown substantially with the addition of new services and visionary physicians joining the progressive medical community. From diagnosis through treatment, surgery, rehabilitation and on to recovery, CarolinaEast offers the region’s most comprehensive heart care.
To maintain designation as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care, CarolinaEast Health System’s heart services will continue to be monitored and evaluated in accordance with established criteria and as the program continues to mature. “We feel confident that we will meet those standards and exceed expectations,” said Leggett. “We are in quite impressive company with this designation. To receive the same recognition as providers like Duke University Hospital, University of North Carolina Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center and Raleigh’s Rex Hospital is something we are very proud of. ”
For more information about the complete heart services offered by CarolinaEast Health System, call 252-633-8154.
Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers® means these facilities’ overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians’ leading professional organizations’ recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilitm please call your local Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan.