ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital and ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital have been designated as Blue Distinction® Centers for maternity care and knee and hip replacement. ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital also received Blue Distinction status for cardiac care.
Blue Distinction is the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies’ national doctor and hospital recognition program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.
“This recognition reflects ProHealth Care’s commitment to clinical excellence and patient safety,” said Dan Bailey, ProHealth’s director of payer contracting and finance. “Our professionals work collaboratively to ensure that our patients benefit from proven protocols, leading-edge technology and innovative treatment options.”
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 with other facilities, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes.
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital and ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital are among the first hospitals to be named as Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care, a new designation this year.
Nearly four million babies are born in the U.S. every year, 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.
Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care are hospitals recognized for delivering quality specialty care safely and effectively, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community.
In addition, hospitals that receive a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care designation have agreed to meet requirements that align with principles that support evidence-based practices of care. They also have 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 through its “Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care.” The Blue Distinction program also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness to recommend the hospital to others.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies across the nation have recognized more than 280 hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care. These hospitals were assessed using a combination of publicly available quality information and cost measures derived from Blue Cross and Blue Shield medical claims.
Knee and hip replacement
Knee and hip replacement procedures are among the fastest growing medical treatments in the U.S. Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer complications and hospital readmissions. Designated hospitals also must maintain national accreditation.
To receive a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care designation, a hospital must demonstrate its expertise in delivering safe and effective cardiac care, focusing on cardiac valve surgery, coronary artery bypass graft and percutaneous coronary interventions episodes of care. A hospital also must have earned national accreditation at the facility level.
Additional information about the Blue Distinction program is available at www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.
For more than a century, ProHealth Care has been the health care leader in Waukesha County and surrounding areas, providing outstanding care across a full spectrum of services. The people of ProHealth Care strive to continuously improve the health and well-being of the community by combining skill, compassion and innovation. The ProHealth family includes ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Wisconsin, ProHealth Medical Group, the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care, Moreland Surgery Center, ProHealth AngelsGrace Hospice, ProHealth Home Care, ProHealth West Wood Health & Fitness Center and ProHealth Regency Senior Communities. Learn more at ProHealthCare.org.
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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 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.
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For more than a century, ProHealth Care has been the health care leader in Waukesha County and surrounding areas, providing outstanding care across a full spectrum of services. The people of ProHealth Care strive to continuously improve the health and well-being of the community by combining skill, compassion and innovation. The ProHealth family includes ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Rehabilitation Hospital of Wisconsin, ProHealth Medical Group, the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care, Moreland Surgery Center, ProHealth AngelsGrace Hospice, ProHealth Home Care, ProHealth West Wood Health & Fitness Center and ProHealth Regency Senior Communities. Learn more at ProHealthCare.org.