Parkridge Health System February 18, 2019

Chattanooga, TN (February 18, 2019) – BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has recognized Parkridge Medical Center with a Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated providers that show expertise in delivering improved 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.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally and is expected to claim more than 23.6 million lives annually by 2030. Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care seek to empower patients with the knowledge and tools to find quality cardiac care. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers designation, hospitals must demonstrate 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.

“Earning Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care designation is a testament to the hard work our medical and nursing staffs have undertaken to ensure our patients receive the highest level of medical care when they experience a cardiac event,” said Timothy M. Grant, MD, MBA, CMO of Parkridge Health System. “We are tremendously proud to be recognized as a Chattanooga leader in cardiac care and are committed to maintaining unimpeachable standards of safe, quality care.”

Hospitals recognized with this designation are assessed using a combination of quality information supplied by hospitals and third party data registries, and cost measures derived from Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies’ medical claims.

“We congratulate Parkridge on this recognition,” said Dr. Andrea Willis, chief medical officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. “This designation recognizes a commitment to quality, which gives BlueCross members peace of mind when considering options for medical care.”

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, cellular immunotherapy, fertility care, gene therapy, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery, and transplants, while encouraging health care professionals to improve the care they deliver. Research shows that compared to other providers, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients.

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated providers, visit

About Parkridge Health System

Parkridge Health System includes Parkridge Medical Center, Parkridge East Hospital, Parkridge West Hospital, Parkridge Valley Adult & Senior, and Parkridge Valley Child & Adolescent campuses. Parkridge Medical Center, in downtown Chattanooga, is an Accredited Chest Pain Center offering comprehensive healthcare services that include a 24-hour emergency department, cardiology, orthopedics, and surgical services in addition to oncology services at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute. Parkridge East Hospital, also an Accredited Chest Pain Center in East Ridge, provides 24-hour emergency medical services, obstetrical care, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and advanced surgical services in robotics, orthopedics, and gynecology. The four-campus Parkridge Valley offers behavioral health and addictive disorder treatment services for children, adolescents and adults. Parkridge West Hospital, in nearby Jasper, provides 24-hour emergency medical services, outpatient laboratory, outpatient imaging, outpatient physical therapy and inpatient behavioral health services at Parkridge Valley West. To learn more, visit or contact MedLine at (423) 622-6848.

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About Blue Distinction Centers

Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for providers 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 provider’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Providers 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 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.