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Shannon Medical Center receives designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Shannon was recognized with the Blue Distinction Centers+ Designation for Quality and Cost-efficiency in bariatric surgery.
Credit: Liv Johnson

Shannon Medical Center announced Friday it has been recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas with the Blue Distinction Centers+ for bariatric surgery designation.

According to a Shannon press release, the designation is part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally-designated healthcare facilities.

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities that show a commitment to delivering high quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations, according to the release.

Surgical care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up care and patient education are some of the services provided by the Blue Distinction Centers for bariatric surgery program.

“Being recognized by this distinction is such an honor and truly speaks to all the hard work our team and patients have put into this program,” Kenneth Jastrow III, MD, FACS, Shannon General Surgery, said.

In order to receive a Blue Distinction Centers+ for bariatric surgery designation, the healthcare facility must show success in different areas, including meeting patient safety measures as well bariatric-specific quality measures and complication and readmission rate for laparoscopic procedures in sleeve gastrectomy among others.

The facility must also be nationally accredited at both the facility and bariatric program-specific and demonstrated cost-efficiency compared to other facilities, according to the release.

For more information on the Shannon Weight Loss Center or bariatric surgery contact the program coordinator at 325-657-5146 or visit shannonhealth.com/services/weight-loss-center.