Blue Cross of Idaho recognizes St. Joseph regional medical center for delivering SAFE, quality, AND affordable maternity care.

Blue Cross of Idaho recognizes St. Joseph regional medical center for delivering SAFE, quality, AND affordable maternity care.
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Blue Cross of Idaho recognizes St. Joseph regional medical center for delivering SAFE, quality, AND affordable maternity care.

MERIDIAN, Idaho, June 14, 2016 – In an effort to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality, affordable maternity care, Blue Cross of Idaho announced that St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, ID received the Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation, a new 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. This new 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. Compared with babies born 39 weeks or later, early term infants face higher risks of infant death and respiratory ailments such as respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, and respiratory failure, among other conditions. These babies also have a higher rate of admission to Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

 

“We congratulate St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for this distinction, and their commitment to high quality healthcare,” said Jeff Crouch, Senior Vice President of Provider Services at Blue Cross of Idaho. “This award is also great news for Lewiston residents. Expecting families can be assured that St. Joseph is committed to help expecting mothers and their families better manage maternity care. We’re proud to have St. Joseph as a partner in the healthcare industry in Idaho, and look forward to our work to deliver high quality care at the lowest possible cost.”

 

“St. Joseph is proud to be on the first hospital in Idaho and our region to receive this distinction from Blue Cross.  Our mother-baby care team is dedicated to providing the highest quality care and an exceptional patient and family experience.  This recognition is gratifying as it illustrates our continual commitment to safety, quality and excellence,” said Thomas Fitz, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center President/CEO. 

 

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, affordable specialty care safely and effectively, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care designation, a hospital must also meet requirements for cost efficiency.

 

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. On average, Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient than non-Blue Distinction Center+ designated health care facilities.

 

For more information about the program, visit bcbs.com/bluedistinction.

 

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About Blue Cross of Idaho

Blue Cross of Idaho, a not-for-profit mutual insurance company based in Meridian, Idaho, is a leader in delivering innovative health insurance products, services and information to more than 815,000 members. For 70 years, the company has advocated on behalf of its members to ensure they have access to high-quality healthcare at the lowest possible cost. It also serves the people of Idaho through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross of Idaho is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit bcidaho.com.

 

About St. Joseph Regional Medical Center

St. Joseph Regional Medical Center is the largest full-service medical center in the region providing advanced-level specialty healthcare. Our commitment to providing exceptional care for our community means having highly skilled and certified physicians and exceptional hospital team members, and a quality facility with the latest in medical technology.  St. Joseph offers more than 120 board-certified physicians and providers, active in primary care and specialty practice. Our medical group collective of 56 providers represents 19 specialties, from primary and family practice, to breast imaging, oncology and cardiology. At St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, we are committed to personal care, and strive to enhance the quality of life of the community we serve through the promotion of health, by assuring compassion, sharing knowledge, providing technology, and communicating a love for what we do.

St. Joseph Regional Medical Center – Together in Health.  For more information, visit sjrmc.org

 

About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide health care coverage for nearly 105 million members – one in three Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit bcbs.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.

 

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 facilities 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 facility’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Facilities 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 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.