Sparrow earns Blue Distinction® Center+ designations

Published: June 15, 2016

Sparrow Hospital has been named a Blue Distinction® Center + in three areas of specialty care: Cardiac Care, Knee and Hip Replacement, and Maternity Care.

Blue Distinction Specialty Care is a national designation program of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, recognizing healthcare facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care safely and effectively. The + distinction indicates that Sparrow not only meets the quality‐focused, Patient safety and outcome criteria required to be a Blue Distinction Center, but also undertakes cost of care measures to do it efficiently.

The evaluation criteria is based on the factors that most impact Patients, including the expertise of the care team, the number of times the facility has performed the specialty procedures, and the facility’s track record for procedure results. To receive the Blue Distinction Center designation, each specialty care program demonstrated success in meeting important Patient safety measures, as well as specialty-specific quality measures.

Sparrow offers the region's newest, most modern cardiovascular center, and is a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular disease and in compassionate, Patient‐centered care. For more information on the Sparrow Heart and Vascular Center, visit

Sparrow is the only hospital in mid-Michigan also certified as a Center of Excellence by the Joint Commission, for the highest national standards in hip and knee replacements. Sparrow Orthopedic Services provides a comprehensive program for problems arising from acute and chronic injuries and/or changes in the musculoskeletal system. To learn more, visit

With more than a quarter-million baby deliveries to our credit, Sparrow is the premier birthing hospital in mid-Michigan. In 2015 Sparrow was also designated mid-Michigan’s only Baby Friendly® Hospital, a national benchmark in quality care for mothers and babies that promotes best practices in infant feeding and mother/baby bonding. For more information on Sparrow’s Mother Baby Center, visit

Sparrow’s Bariatric Care program also received the BDC+ designation in January 2015. To learn more, visit Sparrow Bariatric Services.

BDC+ designation is another way that our Patient-centered, evidence-based best practices have made Sparrow a national leader in quality and Patient experience.

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