AU Health named Blue Distinction Center for Adult Kidney Living and Deceased Donor Transplant programs

Hands and Kidneys
Written by Lisa Kaylor

AU Health’s Carlos and Marguerite Solid Organ Transplant Center been designated a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross Blue Shield. The adult kidney donor program is the only one of its kind in the state of Georgia to be named a Blue Distinction Center.

The Carlos and Marguerite Mason Solid Organ Transplant Center at Augusta University Health has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross Blue Shield for its adult living and deceased kidney donor transplant programs.

It is the only adult kidney transplant center in the state of Georgia to earn the distinction.

The Blue Distinction program recognizes high-quality health care facilities and providers who deliver safe and effective quality health care in a cost-efficient manner. To earn designation as a Blue Distinction Center, a health care facility must meet strict criteria on quality, business practices and cost of care.

“We are pleased to receive this award as a Blue Distinction Center in recognition of the world class care delivered by our kidney transplant program,” said Dr. Phillip Coule, vice president and chief medical officer for AU Health. “Obtaining this recognition requires quality and excellence in patient and family centered care from the entire team, and we are pleased that Blue Cross Blue Shield recognizes that excellence.”

The Carlos and Marguerite Mason Transplant Center opened in 2017 to help ensure all Georgia residents who need a kidney transplant have access to care, regardless of financial status. The center offers a multidisciplinary approach to meeting the special needs of adult and pediatric patients in end-stage renal failure.

The Mason Center is the only kidney transplant center in Georgia outside of Atlanta. It serves patients throughout the Southeast.