Blue Distinction

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia has named CAMC a Blue Distinction Center for cardiac care, spine surgery and bariatric surgery. This designation makes CAMC the only hospital in West Virginia recognized in two specialties.

Blue Distinction® is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care in various areas.

To earn this designation, CAMC was evaluated based on objective, evidence-based selection criteria established with input from expert physicians and medical organizations. The goal of Blue Distinction is to identify medical facilities that deliver better overall quality and medical outcomes for a specific area of specialty care, helping patients and doctors to make more informed hospital choices.

Blue Distinction selection criteria cover a broad range of quality measures and are publicly available on By earning the designation, CAMC has demonstrated:  

  • An established program, performing required annual volumes for certain procedures
  • Appropriate experience of its care team
  • Full facility accreditation by a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-deemed national accreditation organization
  • Adherence to evidence-based clinical care measures and guidelines
  • A comprehensive quality management program

To learn more about the Blue Distinction designation, visit