Ten hospitals in the state have been recognized by BlueCross BlueShield of SC for their high quality of cardiac care.
The South Carolina-based health insurance carrier compiles a list of Blue Distinction for Cardiac Care hospitals each year. To receive the designation, a hospital must meet quality and safety measures for hospital-acquired infections, rates of complications and deaths following procedures.
Four hospitals earned Blue Distinction-plus honors: Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville, Trident Medical Center in Charleston, Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and Providence Hospitals in Columbia. They met additional cost efficiency standards beyond the Blue Distinction criteria.
Six hospitals earned Blue Distinction honors: AnMed Health in Anderson, Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, Greenville Health System in Greenville, Hilton Head Hospital in Hilton Head, Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia and Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.
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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming nearly 600,000 lives each year. Cardiac procedures are among the most common major medical procedures provided by the U.S. health care system. More than 1 million procedures are performed annually, costing more than $28 billion.