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Published on April 27, 2009

PCH Has Been Designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois has designated Palos Community Hospital (PCH) as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care. To date, more than 400 facilities nationwide, out of more than 5,600 hospitals, have received a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care designation.

"We are pleased to have received this honor from Blue Cross Blue Shield," says Jill Beechler, assistant vice president of Cardiovascular Services. "This distinction is a direct result of the commitment to quality management and improvement by staff and physicians involved in the entire spectrum of the cardiovascular services provided at PCH."

Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care demonstrate their commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for cardiac patients. PCH meets evidence-based clinical criteria, developed in collaboration with expert physicians' and medical organizations, including the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and is subject to periodic re-evaluation as criteria continue to evolve.

PCH offers comprehensive cardiac care services, including inpatient cardiac care, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery.

PCH launched is comprehensive cardiovascular (CV) program in October 2005 with two new CV surgical suites and a new CV unit, which features the universal bed model. In the fall of 2006, two new cardiac catheterization suites opened. Since the start of the program in 2005, more than 6,000 cardiac catheterizations and more than 700 cardiovascular surgeries have been performed at PCH.

The American Heart Association estimates that this year alone, 1.2 million Americans will experience a first or recurrent heart attack making the need for quality cardiac care is critical.