Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has named Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines as one of the first hospitals in the nation to receive the "Blue Distinction Center +" designation in the area of cardiac care, as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program. According to Wellmark, research shows that Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications following certain cardiac procedures and lower rates of health care-associated infections compared with their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost efficient for those same procedures.