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Resurrection Medical Center Designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care®

Chicago - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois has designated Resurrection Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care. This accolade is based on Resurrection Medical Center’s achievement of meeting evidence-based clinical criteria, developed in collaboration with expert physicians’ and medical organizations, including the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), and is subject to periodic re-evaluation as criteria continue to evolve.* Resurrection Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for cardiac patients.  

“This distinction, coupled with our Chest Pain Center accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, is a direct result of our efforts to continually strive to enhance our cardiac treatment protocols and best practices,” says Victor Mokarry, M.D., Medical Staff President. “Our goal is to implement initiatives and processes that will not only improve patients’ outcomes but also their quality of life.”

Resurrection Medical Center offers comprehensive cardiac care services, including inpatient cardiac care, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery (including coronary artery bypass graft surgery).**

To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care, Resurrection Medical Center met the selection criteria posted at, which includes:

  • an established cardiac care  program, performing required annual volumes for certain procedures (e.g. a minimum of 125 cardiac surgical procedures annually, including both CABG and/or valve surgery)
  • appropriate experience of its cardiac team, including sub-specialty board certification for interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons
  • an established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency and a full range of cardiac services
  • full accreditation by The Joint Commission, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) or national equivalent**
  • low overall complication and mortality rates
  • a comprehensive quality management program

Blue Distinction is a designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare. To date, more than 400 facilities nationwide have received a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care designation. The designation is based on rigorous, evidence-based selection criteria established in collaboration with expert physicians’ and medical organizations’ recommendations. Today, more than 800 Blue Distinction Center designations have been awarded to facilities nationwide, providing consumers with a framework for making informed decisions on where to go for specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, and transplants.

*These organizations have provided information and input, but do not formally endorse the Blue Distinction Centers program.

** At the discretion of the local BCBS Plan and under a specified contingency process, a facility that provides the full range of cardiac services but does not provide on-site coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery may be considered for Blue Distinction designation if it is part of a cooperative system with a qualifying facility that provides emergency backup CABG for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and meets our contingency criteria. Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care without on-site CABG will be differentiated from full-service Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care in program listings.

Note:  Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations’  recommendations.  Individual outcomes may vary.  To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan.

Resurrection Medical Center is part of Resurrection Health Care, a family of health care services providing advanced medical care and exceptional customer service with compassion and hope. Our hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, home health services, behavioral health programs and other services are conveniently located in many Chicagoland neighborhoods.

Resurrection Health Care is a not-for-profit Catholic organization sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and the Sisters of the Resurrection.



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