BlueShield of Northeastern New York has
recognized Saratoga Hospital with a Blue
Distinction Center designation for bariatric
surgery, as part of the Blue Distinction Centers
for Specialty Care program.
Blue Distinction Centers are nationally
designated healthcare facilities shown to
deliver quality specialty care, based on
objective measures that were developed
with input from the medical community, for
patient safety and better health outcomes.
To receive a Blue Distinction Center for
Bariatric Surgery designation, a healthcare
facility must demonstrate success in meeting
patient safety as well as bariatric-specific
quality measures, including complications
and readmissions, for gastric stapling and/
or gastric banding procedures. A healthcare
facility must also have earned national accreditations
at both the facility level and the
bariatric care-specific level.