Covina, Calif. – Anthem Blue Cross has designated Citrus Valley Health Partners’
Inter-Community Hospital as a Blue Distinction® Center in the Blue
Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care program, part of the Blue Distinction
Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated
healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better
health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with
input from the medical community.
To receive a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care designation, a hospital
must demonstrate its expertise in delivering safe and effective cardiac
care, focusing on cardiac valve surgery, coronary artery bypass graft
(CABG) and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) episodes of care.
A hospital must also have earned national accreditation at the facility level.
Inter-Community Hospital, located in Covina, Calif., is proud to be recognized
by Anthem Blue Cross for meeting the rigorous selection criteria for cardiac
care set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming
more than 610,000 lives—1 in 4—each year, according to the
Centers for Disease Control.1 By 2030, 40.5 percent of the U.S. population is projected to have some
form of cardiovascular disease, and the cost of cardiac care is expected
to reach $818 billion—an increase of almost 300 percent from 2010,
according to the
American Heart Association. The Blue Distinction Specialty Care program seeks to reduce this burden
by empowering patients with the knowledge and tools to find quality cardiac care.
Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients
find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas of
bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip
replacements, maternity care, spine surgery and transplants, while encouraging
healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver. Research shows
that facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better
quality and improved outcomes for patients compared with their peers.
For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the
designated facilities, please visit
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health
Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2013 on CDC WONDER Online Database,
released 2015. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2013,
as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions
through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program:
http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html. Accessed on Feb 3, 2015.
Citrus Valley Health Partners (CVHP) is a nonprofit, comprehensive health
system that serves the nearly one million residents of the San Gabriel
Valley through four locations: Inter-Community Hospital in Covina, Queen
of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, Foothill Presbyterian Hospital
in Glendora and Citrus Valley Hospice in West Covina.
CVHP is known regionally for its oncology services, diabetes treatment
and education, maternal and child health services, the technologically
advanced Citrus Valley Heart Center and an innovative palliative care
program. CVHP’s family of 3,000 employees and 1,000 physicians believes
in providing the best in personalized care. It is a mission built on a
tradition of caring and a vision for life.
To learn more about how CVHP is elevating health care in our community,
please visit our Web site at
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About Blue Distinction Centers
Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient
safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community.
A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located
in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue
Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’
need for affordable healthcare. Each facility’s cost of care is
evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Facilities in CA, ID, NY,
PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in
two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide
whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national
criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on
www.bcbs.com. Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network
status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan
and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross
and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered
charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or
other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction
or other providers.