Torrance Memorial Medical Center Recognized for Higher Quality in Bariatric Surgery
Torrance CA, January 29, 2021 – Torrance Memorial Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Blue Shield of California with a Blue Distinction® Centers for Bariatric Surgery designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities that show a commitment to delivering high quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.
The Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery program provides a full range of bariatric surgery care; including surgical care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up care, and patient education. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery designation, a healthcare facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety measures as well as bariatric-specific quality measures, including complication and readmission rate for laparoscopic procedures in sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and adjustable gastric band. All designated facilities must also be nationally accredited at both the facility and bariatric program-specific levels.
Torrance Memorial Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Blue Shield of California for meeting the rigorous Blue Distinction Center quality selection criteria for bariatric surgery set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
“With obesity reaching epidemic levels among U.S. adults, an important opportunity exists to improve quality care for bariatric surgeries within the national healthcare system. At Torrance Memorial, we are committed to bariatric surgery quality and this distinction is an important recognition of our efforts by dedicated staff and the confidence this brings to the community,” said Daniel Palma, Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program.
For more information about the program and for a complete listing of designated facilities, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.