Parham Doctors' Hospital March 05, 2018

Blue Distinction Centers are facilities recognized for delivering exceptional-quality specialty care, safely and effectively.

Richmond, VA. (March 5, 2018) – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has recognized Parham Doctors’ Hospital as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Bariatric Surgery, Anthem’s highest quality ranking for Bariatric Surgery health care facilities.

Blue Distinction Centers are facilities recognized for delivering exceptional-quality specialty care, safely and effectively. Building on this foundation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield added another designation level, Blue Distinction Centers+. In earning this designation, Parham Doctors’ Hospital met all of the stringent quality criteria to become a Blue Distinction Center, but also demonstrated added cost-efficiency as relative to its peers in doing so.

“We are proud to be recognized as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Bariatric Surgery,” said David Donaldson, chief executive officer, Parham Doctors’ Hospital. “We offer patients high-quality, cost-effective care through one of the most comprehensive programs in the region.”

Parham Doctors’ Hospital was the first bariatric surgery program in Central Virginia accredited by the joint American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), launched in 2012. Led by the combined expertise of the region’s most experienced and nationally-recognized bariatric surgeons, Dr. Matthew Brengman and Dr. Gregory Schroder, the program offers a full range of procedures such as gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve), adjustable gastric band, and the non-surgical intragastric balloon.

“Our team commits to outstanding quality care for every bariatric surgery patient,” said Dr. Matthew Brengman, medical director for the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program at Parham Doctors’ Hospital. “Weight loss surgery is a life-changing event, and we partner with our patients and their families before, during, and after surgery to ensure they achieve their goals on the road to better health.”

“On behalf of Anthem and our associates, I would like to congratulate Parham Doctors’ Hospital for being selected as a Blue Distinction Specialty Care center,” said Jeff Ricketts, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “By obtaining this designation, Parham Doctors’ Hospital has shown it shares our strong commitment to quality health care and improved health outcomes that will benefit our members and all Virginians.”

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, maternity care, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery, and transplants, while encouraging health care professionals to improve the care they deliver. Research shows that, compared to other health care facilities, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients. On average, Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient than non-Blue Distinction Center+ designated facilities.

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit http://www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.