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(PLANO, TEXAS -June 30, 2008) The Baylor Scott & White - Plano Weight Loss Surgery Program was recently named a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery® by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas*. Blue Distinction® is a designation awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare, under objective selection criteria.
According to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery have shown their dedication to quality care, resulting in improved outcomes for bariatric patients. Each program adheres to stringent criteria, developed in association with physician panels and national medical societies, including the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), and is subject to periodic reassessment as criteria evolves.
“Because of the increasing prevalence of morbid obesity, we recognize the need to offer opportunities to help improve the health and quality of life of the members of our community,” said Jerri Garison, president, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Plano. “We believe that the Blue Distinction® designation will serve as a catalyst, driving our weight loss surgery program to continually seek to provide quality care to our community.”
Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities’ overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians’ and leading professional organizations’ recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan.
* A Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
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