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Top Centers for Specialty Care

Blue Distinction® is a designation awarded by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield to high-performing medical facilities in these areas:

Facilities designated Blue Distinction Centers + for Specialty Care® and Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® have met stringent selection criteria. 

 

Blue Distinction Centers + for Specialty Care® include facilities that are recognized for delivering expert specialty care in quality and cost efficiency.
Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® include facilities that are recognized for delivering expert specialty care in quality and efficiency.

 

Blue Distinction Centers® in Iowa and South Dakota are listed below. You can find Blue Distinction Centers outside of Iowa and South Dakota on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Web site Learn more about why to choose a Blue Distinction Center for your treatment. 

 

Bariatric Surgery

Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery® provide a full range of bariatric surgical care services including inpatient care, post-operative care, follow-up, and patient education. Selection criteria included*:

  • Quality of post surgical follow-up care
  • Ability of clients to maintain their weight loss
  • Morbidity/mortality rates
  • Pre- and post-surgical education for patients and plans for follow-up care
  • Appropriate equipment for managing care for morbidly obese members
  • Ongoing quality management and improvement programs
  • Physician and staff experience and credentials

If you're considering bariatric surgery, please review these important prerequisites.

 

Iowa facilities include:

 

FacilityLocationPlans Accepted

Genesis Health System

Davenport

Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa and PPO/Indemnity

Iowa Methodist Medical Center Des Moines

Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa and PPO/Indemnity

Sartori Memorial Hospital

Cedar Falls

Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa and PPO/Indemnity

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Iowa City

Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa and PPO/Indemnity

 

South Dakota facilities include:

 

FacilityLocationPlans Accepted

Avera McKennan Hospital

Sioux Falls

Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa and PPO/Indemnity

Sanford USD Medical Center

Sioux Falls

Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa and PPO/Indemnity

 

 

*Please Note: Although the Blue Distinction Centers have met specific criteria and standards, this does not imply any guarantee of a positive outcome or endorsement by Wellmark. In addition, coverage for bariatric surgery services is subject to all of the terms of the member's benefits certificate or policy.

 

Cardiac Care

Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care® provide a full range of cardiac care services, including:

  • Inpatient cardiac care
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiac catheterization (including percutaneous coronary interventions)
  • Cardiac surgery (including coronary artery bypass graft surgery)1

 

Iowa facilities include:

 

FacilityLocation Blue Distinction Center Blue Distinction Center +

Allen Memorial Hospital

Waterloo

 

x

Genesis Medical Center

Davenport

 

x

Iowa Methodist Medical Center Des Moines  

x

Mercy Medical Center Des Moines  

x

Mercy Medical Center

Dubuque

 

x

Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

Mason City

 

x

Mercy Medical Center

Sioux City

 

x

St. Luke's Methodist Hospital

Cedar Rapids

 

x

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Iowa City

 

x

 

South Dakota facilities include:

 

FacilityLocation Blue Distinction Center Blue Distinction Center +

Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota

Sioux Falls

 

x

Sanford Medical Center

Sioux Falls

 

x

Complex and Rare Cancers

Blue Distinction Centers for Complex and Rare Cancers® focus on facilities that offer comprehensive inpatient, adult cancer care programs for these types of cancer:

  • Acute leukemia (inpatient/non-surgical)
  • Bladder cancer
  • Bone cancer
  • Brain cancer - primary
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Liver cancer
  • Ocular melanoma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Soft tissue sarcomas
  • Thyroid cancer - medullary or anaplastic

Iowa facilities include:

 

FacilityLocationCancer TypesPlans Accepted

Iowa Methodist Medical Center (John Stoddard Cancer Center)

Des Moines

  • Bladder
  • Esophageal
  • Gastric
  • Pancreatic
  • Rectal

Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa and PPO/Indemnity

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center)

Iowa City

  • Bladder
  • Brain - Primary
  • Esophageal
  • Gastric
  • Head and Neck
  • Pancreatic
  • Bone
  • Ocular Melanoma
  • Rectal
  • Thyroid - Medullary and /or Anaplastic

Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa and PPO/Indemnity

 

Knee and Hip Replacement

Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip ReplacementSM have demonstrated experience in comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee replacement and total hip replacement.

 

Iowa facilities include:

 

FacilityLocation Blue Distinction Center Blue Distinction Center +

Alegent Health Mercy Hospital

Council Bluffs

 

x

Genesis Health System

Davenport

 

x

Iowa Lutheran Hospital Des Moines  

x

Mary Greeley Medical Center Ames  

x

Methodist West Hospital

West Des Moines

 

x

Mercy Medical Center

Dubuque

 

x

Mercy Hospital

Iowa City

 

x

Mercy Medical Center

Cedar Rapids

 

x

Mercy Medical Center

Des Moines

 

x

St. Luke's Methodist Hospital

Cedar Rapids

 

x

The Finley Hospital

Dubuque

 

x

Trinity Hospital Bettendorf  

x

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Iowa City

 

x

 

South Dakota facilities include:

 

FacilityLocation Blue Distinction Center Blue Distinction Center +

Avera McKennan

Sioux Falls

X

 

Sanford USD Medical Center

Sioux Falls

 

X

Spine Surgery

Facilities that have received the Blue Distinction Centers for Spine SurgerySM designation have demonstrated experience in comprehensive inpatient spine surgery services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures.

 

Iowa facilities include:

 

FacilityLocation Blue Distinction Center Blue Distinction Center +

Covenant Medical Center

Waterloo

 

X

Genesis Health System

Davenport

 

X

Iowa Methodist Medical Center Des Moines  

X

Mary Greeley Medical Center

Ames

 

X

Methodist West Hospital

West Des Moines

 

X

Mercy Hospital

Iowa City

 

X

Mercy Medical Center

Cedar Rapids

 

X

Mercy Medical Center Des Moines  

X

Mercy Medical Center

Sioux City

 

X

St. Luke's Methodist Hospital

Cedar Rapids

 

X

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Iowa City

X

 

 

South Dakota facilities include:

 

FacilityLocation Blue Distinction Center Blue Distinction Center +

Avera McKennan

Sioux Falls

X

 

Sanford Medical Center

Sioux Falls

X

 

Transplants

The Blue Distinction Centers for Transplants® program looks at eight types of transplants:

  • Heart
  • Lung (deceased and living donor; single or bilateral)
  • Combination heart bilateral lung
  • Liver (deceased and living donor)
  • Simultaneous pancreas kidney (SPK)
  • Pancreas (PAK/PTA)
  • Combination liver kidney
  • Bone marrow/stem cell (autologous & allogeneic)

FacilityLocation Blue Distinction Center Blue Distinction Center +

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Iowa City

  • Adult Heart
  • Adult Liver (deceased donor)
  • Adult Combination Liver-Kidney
  • Adult Lung (single & bilateral)
  • Adult Pancreas
  • Adult Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney
  • Adult Autologous Bone Marrow/Stem Cell
  • Adult Allogeneic Bone Marrow/Stem Cell

 


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