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Sioux Valley Hospital Listed on Blue Distinction Center List

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota have identified specialty centers for cardiac (heart) care and bariatric surgery (weight reduction) in Iowa and South Dakota, as part of a nationwide program with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and other Blue Plans across the country.

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota have identified specialty centers for cardiac (heart) care and bariatric surgery (weight reduction) in Iowa and South Dakota, as part of a nationwide program with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and other Blue Plans across the country.

The facilities selected as national Blue Distinction Centers for cardiac care and bariatric surgery meet or exceed certain criteria that demonstrate reliability in delivering care and better overall outcomes for patients. The criteria include nationally endorsed quality measures, developed in collaboration with medical experts and national organizations. The process for selection is based on clinical data supplied by the hospitals.

"When you consider the significant number of our more than 1.9 million members who receive cardiac care and have bariatric surgery, we believe it is important for them to know which facilities have been identified as having best practices and standards of care," says Dr. Mary Davis, vice president and senior medical director, Wellmark. "Last year, Wellmark approved more than 800 bariatric surgeries for our members. Cardiac care is our seventh-highest category of medical spending."

The 13 Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care in Iowa and South Dakota are:


The four Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery are:



Facilities selected for Cardiac Care must be accredited inpatient hospitals, provide a full range of cardiac services and meet certain outcomes and volume requirements for specific procedures and surgeries.

Among the requirements for a Blue Center for Bariatric Surgery are that it is a full-service, accredited inpatient hospital, be performing bariatric surgery for the most recent 18 - to 24-month period, and perform a required volume of bariatric surgical cases.

Although the Blue Centers for Cardiac Care and Bariatric Surgery have met criteria and standards for identification as "specialty centers," this does not imply any guarantee of a positive outcome or endorsement by Wellmark or the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Not all health plans provide benefits for cardiac or bariatric surgery.


Wellmark, Inc. (www.wellmark.com) does business as Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. Wellmark and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, including Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota and Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc. insure or pay health benefit claims for more than 1.9 million individuals. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota, and Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.