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

  • Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock
  • University Hospital of Arkansas in 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.