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We want you to have information to help you make informed medical care decisions when it comes to the health of you and your family. As part of the Blues’ plan to work with hospitals and doctors to improve the quality of care, the Blue Distinction® program was created to recognize facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care nationwide. Knowing which facility has been designated a Blue Distinction Center for Specialty Care may help you when seeking specialty care.

The goals of the Blue Distinction program are:
  • To help you identify health-care facilities that best meet your needs.
  • To encourage health-care facilities to improve the overall quality and delivery of health care, resulting in better overall outcomes for you.
Arkansas facilities, or facilities serving members in Arkansas, being recognized as Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care are:
 
Blue Distinction Bariatric Surgery These centers are recognized for demonstrating their superior capabilities in providing a full range of bariatric care services.
  • Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock
  • Physicians Specialty Hospital in Fayetteville

Blue Distinction Complex & Rare Cancers These centers are recognized for demonstrating their superior capabilities in providing a range of services for complex and rare cancer patients.
  • University Hospital of Arkansas in Little Rock

Blue Distinction Knee and Hip These centers are recognized for providing comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries.
  • Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock
  • Christus St Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas
  • St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro
  • St. Vincents Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock

Blue Distinction Spine Surgery These centers are recognized for providing comprehensive inpatient spine surgery services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures.
  • Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock
  • St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro
  • St. Vincents Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock

Blue Distinction Transplants These centers are recognized for demonstrating their commitment to quality care and capabilities in providing a range of services for nine transplant types resulting in better overall outcomes for transplant patients.
  • Arkansas Childrens Hospital in Little Rock

These Centers are a key part of our effort to work with doctors and hospitals to improve the quality and affordability of specialty care.
 
This information is updated regularly. For a complete and current list of Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care nationwide, please visit the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association website.