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Published on October 31, 2014

Trinity Mother Frances Bariatric Program Earns Highest Level of Distinction from BCBS

TYLER, TX – The Bariatric surgery program at Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler recently received the Blue Cross Blue Shield “Blue Distinction Plus +” designation. This is the highest level of distinction awarded by BCBS.
“Being awarded this distinction not only means that we meet the quality standards that Blue Cross Blue Shield sets, it means that we work hard to go above and beyond them,” said Betsy Carson, RN, CBN, Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. “It is incredibly important to us to provide the highest levels of quality care to our community and ensure they are getting the very best care available.”

Blue Distinction Centers are part of a national designation program that recognizes facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care, safely and effectively. Building on this foundation of recognizing quality specialty care, BCBS expanded the program to add another level of designation, Blue Distinction Centers+. To earn the Blue Distinction Centers+ designation, facilities must meet the same quality criteria as Blue Distinction Centers, and go an extra step to demonstrate that they do so cost efficiently.

TMFHC Bariatric Surgery is a member and follows the guidelines of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a national recognition and recertification and quality improvement program. Carson said following these guidelines allow TMFHC Bariatric Surgery to operate at a very high level and earn awards such as this distinction.

“By following the high standards of MBSAQIP and earning the BCBS+ distinction, we seek to demonstrate to the people of East Texas our commitment to their care and well being, and to our goals of continually seeking to improve and grow our levels of expertise and standards of care,” said Carson.

“We are proud of the remarkably high levels of care provided by the Bariatric Surgery program at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics,” said Ray Thompson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. “To earn a distinction of quality from an organization like Blue Cross Blue Shield is a true indication of the effort, energy and skill of the members of our team. Being able to offer our patients extraordinary care and tremendous standards of service in a cost-efficient manner embodies the spirit and mission of Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.”

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