Decatur Memorial Hospital Recognized for Higher Quality in Maternity Care
Feb. 1, 2018…Decatur, Ill… Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has recognized Decatur Memorial Hospital with a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.
Nearly four million babies are born in the U.S. annually, making childbirth the most common cause of hospitalization, and cesarean sections the most common operating room procedures, according to National Centers for Health Statistics and the Agency for Health care Research & Quality (AHRQ). Reducing early elective delivery is an area of focus for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). According to Health Affairs, elective inductions result in more cesarean deliveries and a longer maternal hospitalization.
The Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care program evaluates hospitals on quality measures for vaginal and cesarean delivery. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care designation, a hospital must also demonstrate cost-efficiency. Quality is key: only those hospitals that first meet Blue Distinction’s nationally-established, objective quality measures will be considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+.
“Decatur Memorial Hospital was founded with the vision of babies being delivered in a hospital, more than 100 years ago by Mrs. Sue Hagaman,” said Timothy D. Stone Jr., President and CEO, Decatur Memorial Hospital. “We are honored to receive this distinction because it demonstrates our high-level commitment to quality maternity care for parents, right here in Decatur, Illinois.”
Decatur Memorial Hospital is proud to be recognized by BCBSIL for meeting the rigorous Blue Distinction Center+ quality and cost selection criteria for maternity care set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. DMH is the only Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care in Macon County and 1 of 23 recognized hospitals in Illinois.
“DMH is honored to be recognized with the prestigious Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care” said Sue Hesse, DMH Director of Women’s and Children Services. “Providing quality health care to the mothers and babies of Central Illinois is our priority, and this award is a tribute to the hard work, dedication and expertise of all of DMH’s maternal child health professionals.”
“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is proud to offer this recognition to highlight our commitment to quality outcomes for our members,” said Stephanie Vomvouras, MD MBA FACP, Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies across the nation have recognized more than 1,000 hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care. Hospitals recognized with this designation are assessed using a combination of quality information supplied by hospitals and cost measures derived from BCBS companies’ medical claims.
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 hospitals, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients. On average, Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient than non-Blue Distinction Center+ designated hospitals. For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.
About Decatur Memorial Hospital
Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a 300 bed, not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois. Today, DMH has nearly 2,200 dedicated employees, 300 physicians, and is a designated Level II Trauma Center. DMH has been recognized six consecutive years as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital from IBM Watson Health.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL)
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is the largest health insurance company in Illinois, serving more than 8 million members. BCBSIL is committed to expanding access to quality, cost-effective health care to as many people as possible in Illinois. BCBSIL is a division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information please visit BCBSIL.com, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
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About Blue Distinction Centers
Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for providers located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable health care. Each provider’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Providers in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on www.bcbs.com. Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.