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BRMC earns Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care for second consecutive year

Posted on: 01/12/2018

In an effort to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality, affordable maternity care, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield announced that for the second consecutive year, Bradford Regional Medical Center has earned the Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation, under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.


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+.

“Bradford Regional Medical Center is proud to once again receive the Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation. As we continually strive to provide the very best in patient quality and safety, this designation demonstrates our high standards and commitment to our patients,” said William Mills, MD, senior vice president, quality and professional affairs, Upper Allegheny Health System, Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital.

Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation is 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.

“The Blue Distinction program gives Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield members the ability to choose their providers based upon reliable quality and safety information. It also provides a pathway for exceptional providers to demonstrate their value, and delivers the kind of transparency necessary for members to make informed value-driven healthcare decisions. We congratulate Bradford Regional Medical Center on its accomplishment and thank our members for choosing Highmark BCBS,” said Dr. Charles DeShazer, vice president and executive medical director, clinical services, medical policy and quality.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) plans across the nation have recognized more than 1,000 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.

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, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.

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