DANSVILLE – In an effort to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality maternity care, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announced that Noyes Health has been designated as one of the first hospitals to receive the Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
According to a press release from U of R Noyes Health, early term infants face higher risks of infant death and respiratory ailments such as respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, and respiratory failure compared with babies born 39 weeks or later. These babies also have a higher rate of admission to Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
“The healthcare team here at the Noyes Health Birthing Center strives to provide quality care, the quality of care our new parents will never forget,” said Birthing Center Nurse Manager, DeNae Gibson, RN, MSN, CLC. “We want each family’s experience with us to be filled with excellence and enthusiasm. So, for Noyes Health, achieving Blue Designation tells the story of our commitment to a history of excellence for delivering quality maternity care to our community.”
In addition, 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, as described in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative by Baby-Friendly USA or the Mother-Friendly Hospital program by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) through its ‘Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care.’ The program also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness to recommend the hospital to others.
Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care, an expansion of the national Blue Distinction® Specialty Care program, are hospitals recognized for delivering quality specialty care safely and effectively, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies across the nation have recognized more than 280 hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care. Hospitals recognized for these designations were assessed using a combination of publicly available quality information and cost measures derived from BCBS companies’ medical claims.