Bingham Healthcare’s Blue Distinction Centers+ (Plus) Designations

Sep 15, 2020Press Releases

BLACKFOOT, ID – September 15, 2020 – Recently, Regence Blue Shield of Idaho and Blue Cross recognized Bingham Healthcare’s Bariatric program as a Blue Distinction® Centers+ (Plus). In addition, they had also previously designated Bingham Healthcare Orthopedics as a Blue Distinction® Centers+ (Plus) because they provide higher quality total knee and hip replacement surgeries.

In 2019, Bingham’s Bariatric program was designated as a Blue Distinction Center because they demonstrated quality care, treatment expertise, and better overall patient results. However, this year they became a Blue Distinction Centers+ (Plus) because they have now demonstrated that they provide more affordable care in addition to quality care, treatment expertise, and better overall patient results. Bingham Healthcare Orthopedics total knee and hip replacement program also met the same high stand standards last year.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized by Regence Blue Shield of Idaho and Blue Cross for meeting the rigorous Blue Distinction Center+ (Plus) quality selection criteria for both our bariatric program and knee and hip replacement surgeries set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program,” said Jake Erickson, CEO at Bingham Healthcare. “Our medical providers are exceptional at doing everything they can to enhance the quality of the lives our patients lead.”

In sum, why being a Blue Distinction Center+ (Plus) matters to Bingham is because it goes beyond standard quality requirements and measures patient results over time. Being Blue Distinction Center+ (Plus) designated means Bingham offers the highest quality care coupled with the best patient results at an affordable price.

“This prestigious distinction demonstrates our commitment to affordable, quality healthcare, patient safety, and superior health outcomes for our bariatric and total knee and hip replacement patients,” Erickson said. “And I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to ensure we would receive this prestigious distinction.”


About Regence BlueShield of Idaho

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, maternity care, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery, and transplants, while encouraging health care professionals to improve the care they deliver. Research shows that, compared to other health care facilities, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients.

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit

Regence BlueShield of Idaho, based in Lewiston, has been serving Idahoans for over seven decades and now provides more than 140,000 members with comprehensive health insurance solutions. As a nonprofit mutual insurance company and independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Regence is part of a family of companies dedicated to transforming health care by delivering innovative products and services that change the way consumers in Idaho and nationwide experience health care. For more information, please visit, or

About Bingham Healthcare's Blue Distinction Centers+ Programs

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Bingham Healthcare’s Orthopedics Program:

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About Bingham Memorial Hospital

Bingham Memorial Hospital, a proud member of Bingham Healthcare, is a state-of-the art, 501(c)3 non-profit critical access hospital located in Blackfoot, Idaho. We also have a diverse network of healthcare facilities in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and Shelley, Idaho.

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