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May 17, 2018
CHI Franciscan Health Designated Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care
TACOMA, Wash. - In an effort to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality maternity care, Premera Blue Cross announced that five hospitals within CHI Franciscan Health received the Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care designation, a designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
Nearly four million babies are born in the U.S. annually, making childbirth the most common cause of hospitalization. The Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care program evaluates hospitals on several quality measures, including the percentage of newborns that fall into the category of early elective delivery, an ongoing concern in the medical community. Hospitals that receive a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care designation agreed to meet requirements that align with principles that support evidence-based practices of care, as well as having initiated programs to promote successful breastfeeding. The Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care program also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness by patients to recommend the hospital to others.
CHI Franciscan hospitals designated as a Blue Distinction Center include:
- Harrison Medical Center, Silverdale
- Highline Medical Center, Burien
- St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw
- St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way
- St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma
Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery, and transplants. Research shows that compared to other facilities, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies across the nation have recognized more than 280 hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care. Hospitals receiving this designation were assessed using a combination of publicly available quality information and cost measures derived from BCBS companies' medical claims.