April 4 2007 - MFH Named Blue Distinction Center

For Immediate Release                                                                 April 4, 2007


Contact:          John Moore

                        Media Relations

                        (903) 531-4542






TYLER, TX - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas has named Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler as a Blue Distinction CenterSM for Bariatric Surgery.

Blue Distinction is the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies’ nationwide program that will create an unprecedented level of transparency with two goals: engaging consumers to enable more informed healthcare decisions and collaborating with physicians and hospitals to improve quality outcomes and affordability.  A key component of Blue Distinction is a specialty center program that offers the best practices and standards of care in bariatric surgery, cardiac care and transplant services.

“The Blue Distinction for bariatric surgery at Mother Frances lets the community know that we are truly committed to providing our patients and their families with the accessibility and quality of care they need and expect to receive at our Health System.” said Laura Owen, Senior Vice President, Trinity Mother Frances Health System.

The process used to select Blue Distinction CentersSM is based on clinical data supplied by hospitals.  Each facility’s structure, processes and care outcomes are rigorously evaluated.  The criteria for designation include nationally endorsed quality measures, developed in collaboration with medical experts and professional organizations.

“We are pleased that the designation of Blue Distinction Centers provides


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another opportunity for Blue Cross to demonstrate our commitment to working with physicians and hospitals in our network who deliver care that meets the high quality standards of the Blue Distinction program,” says Dr. Paul Handel, vice president and chief medical officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.  “Because of ongoing quality management and improvement programs, those standards ensure that Blue Distinction Centers will continue to deliver the highest quality, full service care to their patients.”

“Blue Distinction puts a high value on research and evidenced-based health and medical information,” says Allan Korn, MD, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association chief medical officer.  “These centers show our commitment to working with doctors and hospitals in communities across the country to identify leading institutions that meet clinically validated quality standards and deliver better outcomes in patient care.”

The criteria for becoming a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric SurgerySM include:


For more information about bariatric surgery at Mother Frances Hospital, call TeleCARE Plus at (903) 531-4220 or (800) 833-4677.  For more information


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about Blue Distinction Centers, visit Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas at www.bcbstx.com.

Trinity Mother Frances Health System includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is a multi-specialty physician group with over 200 providers representing 35 specialties serving east, northeast and north-central Texas.  For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Health System, visit www.tmfhs.org.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas – the only statewide, non-investor-owned health insurer in Texas – is the largest provider of health benefits in the state, working with nearly 40,000 physicians and 400 hospitals to serve 3.4 million members in all 254 counties. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is a division of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the country’s largest non-investor-owned health insurer and fourth largest health insurer overall. HCSC is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.


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