Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) has been designated as one of the first hospitals to receive the national Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality maternity care.
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.
TGMC received the Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care designation for meeting 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.” TGMC is also a designated Baby-Friendly USA Hospital. The Blue Distinction program also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness to recommend the hospital to others.
Blue Distinction Centers and 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. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care designation, TGMC met the same quality criteria as Blue Distinction Centers while also meeting requirements for cost efficiency.
“We are pleased to be one of the first hospitals in our region to receive this prestigious designation,” said Phyllis Peoples, president and CEO at TGMC. “TGMC is committed to providing outstanding maternity care and the Blue Distinction assures our patients they are receiving the highest quality care possible.”
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