Southwest Healthcare System Recognized for Higher Quality in Maternity Care

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Southwest Healthcare System Recognized for Higher Quality in Maternity Care
Blue Distinction Center Maternity

Blue Cross and Blue Shield has recognized Southwest Healthcare System’s Rancho Springs Medical Center with a Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care designation as 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.

Nearly four million babies are born in the U.S. annually, making childbirth the most common cause of hospitalization, and cesarean sections the most common operating room procedures, according to National Centers for Health Statistics and the Agency for Health care Research & Quality (AHRQ). Reducing early elective delivery is an area of focus for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). According to Health Affairs, elective inductions result in more cesarean deliveries and a longer maternal hospitalization. The Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care program evaluates hospitals on quality measures for vaginal and cesarean delivery.

Rancho Springs Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield for meeting the rigorous Blue Distinction Center quality selection criteria for maternity care set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

“This award is a reflection of the high quality of maternity service that our staff has displayed,” says Brad Neet, CEO of Southwest Healthcare System. “We strive each and every day to make the patient experience a top priority and it shows by our level of commitment.”

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.

Visit Blue Distinction for more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities.

Learn more about Rancho Springs Medical Center's maternity services >