Designated Heart Care Specialty Center
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints and Wheaton Franciscan Heart Care - All Saints Cardiovascular Institute have received the noteworthy designation of UnitedHealth Premium designated heart specialty center.
UnitedHealthcare has developed the UnitedHealth Premium designation program to provide its enrollees with information about, and access to, heart hospitals meeting quality criteria. This detailed information regarding specialized training, practice capabilities, and proficiencies is designed to assist enrollees in making informed decisions about heart care.
“All hospitals are not the same. Where you go makes a difference in the type and quality of the care you receive,” said Lewis Sandy, MD, executive vice president of clinical strategies at UnitedHealthcare. “Patients who require heart care need to know that they are getting the best treatment. These centers have been selected from hospitals in our network using criteria built on nationally recognized medical standards and expert independent physician advice. It is a distinct honor to be chosen as a UnitedHealth Premium designated heart specialty center.”
To receive this distinguished designation, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints had to apply and meet UnitedHealthcare’s extensive evidence and consensus-based quality and efficiency criteria. The criteria were developed with input from a panel of nationally recognized cardiac experts and based on guidelines set by the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Thoracic Surgeons, the Hearth Rhythm Society and the Leapfrog Group, a coalition of more than 150 public and private organizations that provide health care benefits.
The criteria include:
- Breadth of Care
- Depth of Care
- Emergency Care
- Quality and Data Management
The program also measures hospital efficiency and makes comparisons to the expected or “average” cost for care among other hospitals in the local area based upon UnitedHealthcare claims data.
The UnitedHealth Premium Designation Program will help consumers recognize that All Saints in Racine is a leader in cardiac care within the community.