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Cardiac Care Blue Distinction Center+

WakeMed Health & Hospitals has been named a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Home to the busiest heart program in the state, WakeMed is one of the first hospitals nationwide to meet this new designation's rigorous cardiac care criteria and is pleased to be recognized for its cardiac expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care.

To be considered for this designation, WakeMed met and exceeded nationally established quality-focused criteria that emphasize patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community, and also met cost measures that address affordable healthcare. Examples of quality and safety criteria include preventing hospital-acquired infection as well as lower rates of complications and death following cardiac surgery and non-surgical cardiac procedures such as such as cardiac stent placement.

Research shows that Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications following certain cardiac procedures and lower rates of healthcare associated infections, compared with their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient for those same procedures.