Blue Distinction CentersSM for Transplants

Blue Distinction TransplantsThe Blue Distinction Centers for Transplants 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.

  • Heart
  • Lung (deceased and living donor)
  • Combination heart bilateral lung
  • Liver (deceased and living donor)
  • Simultaneous pancreas kidney (SPK)
  • Pancreas (PAK/PTA)
  • Combination liver kidney
  • Kidney-only in conjunction with SPK/PAK
  • Bone marrow/stem cell (autologous and allogeneic)

Medical centers designated Blue Distinction Centers for Transplants

  • Arkansas Childrens Hospital in Little Rock
  • Arkansas Childrens Hospital in Jonesboro
  • Arkansas Childrens Hospital in Lowell
  • Arkansas Childrens Hospital in Little Rock
  • Baptist Health Medical Center North Little Rock in North Little Rock

The process and criteria for selection
The designation is based on criteria established by expert physician panels and national medical organizations and include:
  • Program must have been actively performing transplant of specific type for the most recent 24-month period.
  • Volume requirement vary by transplant type.
  • Patient and graft survival requirements vary by transplant type.
  • A variety of measures are evaluated which vary by transplant type, including surgical morbidities, re-transplant rates, death on the waitlist, etc.
  • A stable team which must include a primary physician and primary surgeon (if applicable) and at minimum, one additional physician and surgeon. A broad range of subspecialties must be immediately available to the program.
  • The institution must be a full-service, accredited inpatient hospital facility or affiliate.
  • Personnel and/or systems to collect, analyze, and maintain program data.
  • A variety of criteria that address pre-transplant evaluation, transplant procedure, and recovery phase.
  • Includes written discharge and follow-up plans, including coordination with primary care providers.
  • Written plans for patient education including pathways and response to teaching.
  • Regularly scheduled multi-disciplinary meetings are held.
  • Detailing all aspects of care, and incorporated into formal development and review process.
  • A comprehensive quality management program exists that specifically incorporates transplant services.
  • Transplant program should have a written process and data management systems for routinely measuring patient satisfaction for both inpatient and outpatient services.
  • Agreement on negotiated reimbursement contract.