IRMC Designated by Blue Distinction® Center+ for Specialty Care Programs and Recognized for Cardiac and Maternity Care; Knee/Hip Replacement Surgeries

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016


Vero Beach, FLA (April 13, 2016) — Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) is proud to announce Florida Blue has designated the medical center as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for its Cardiac and Maternity Care programs, and Knee and Hip Replacement surgeries. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s Blue Distinction Centers are nationally-designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

Blue Distinction Centers have met rigorous program standards and demonstrated quality and improved outcomes for patients, with low rates of complications and readmissions. In addition to meeting established quality thresholds, each of these distinctions also requires IRMC to demonstrate better cost-efficiency compared to other hospitals. A hospital must also maintain national accreditation at the facility level for cardiac care and knee and hip replacement surgeries.

The Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care program, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program, evaluates hospitals on several quality measures. In addition, hospitals that receive this designation have agreed to meet requirements that align with principles that support evidence-based practices of care. This includes initiating programs to promote successful breastfeeding. The program also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a patient’s willingness to recommend the hospital to others.

“IRMC is honored to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program,” said Charles Mackett, MD, President of Indian River Medical Associates and Chief Medical Officer at Indian River Medical Center. “We are proud to be a leader in cardiac, surgical and maternity care. Our continued team effort and focus on clinical excellence, safety, quality and value continues to be recognized nationally.”