Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona has designated Abrazo Arrowhead Campus as a Blue Distinction Center in the Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care program.

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

To receive a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care designation, a hospital must demonstrate its expertise in delivering safe and effective cardiac care, focusing on cardiac valve surgery, coronary artery bypass graft and percutaneous coronary interventions episodes of care. A hospital must also have earned national accreditation at the facility level.

“Abrazo Arrowhead Campus is proud to be recognized for meeting the rigorous selection criteria for cardiac care set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program,’’ said Frank Molinaro, Abrazo Arrowhead Campus CEO. “It recognizes our hospital’s outstanding quality outcomes, safety in patient care, and outstanding patient experience that our physicians and staff work diligently to provide every day.”

Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, 18701 N. 67th Ave., is an accredited Chest Pain Center. Arrowhead’s Heart Murmur Clinic features the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure, a minimally invasive alternative to open heart surgery.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming more than 610,000 lives—1 in 4—each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. By 2030, 40.5 percent of the U.S. population is projected to have some form of cardiovascular disease, and the cost of cardiac care is expected to reach $818 billion—an increase of almost 300 percent from 2010, according to the American Heart Association.