Woman’s Hospital Named a “Blue Distinction Center” for Maternity Care

May 17, 2018

From Blue Cross Blue Shield

Woman’s Hospital has earned the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Center (BDC) designation for maternity care from Blue Cross Blue Shield, which recognizes healthcare providers for expertise and a commitment to quality care for vaginal and cesarean section deliveries. The BDC designation demonstrates better overall patient satisfaction and a lower percentage of early elective deliveries and helps patients seeking maternity services find quality care; only those providers that meet nationally established, objective quality measures for Blue Distinction Centers can be considered for designation.

Quality selection criteria included:

  • Accreditation by a national accreditation organization such as The Joint Commission.
  • The percent of early, elective (non-medically necessary) deliveries is at or below 5%.
  • The Nulliparous, Term, Singleton, Vertex (NTSV) Cesarean Birth rate is at or below 27%; this rate identifies live babies born via cesarean at or beyond 37.0 weeks gestation to women in their first pregnancy, that are singleton (no twins or beyond) and in the vertex position (no breech or transverse positions).
  • The episiotomy rate is at or below 15%.

In addition to being recognized for its maternity care, Woman’s bariatric surgery program has also been recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield; in early 2018, Woman’s bariatric surgery program earned the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Center Plus (BDC+) designation for quality and value.

For more information about Woman’s maternity care, click here.