Winter 2010

Center Earns Blue Distinction

Blue Shield of California has designated the UCSF Heart and Vascular Center a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care. The designation means that the UCSF Heart and Vascular Center 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. The selection criteria include:

  • An established cardiac care program, performing required annual volumes for certain procedures (e.g., a minimum of 125 cardiac surgical procedures annually, including both coronary artery bypass graft [CABG] and valve surgery)
  • Appropriate experience of its cardiac team, including subspecialty board certification for interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons
  • An established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency care and a full range of cardiac services
  • Full accreditation by the Joint Commission, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) or national equivalent
  • Low overall complication and mortality rates
  • A comprehensive quality management program

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