Tidelands Health hospitals earn distinction for quality, affordable maternity care
February 29, 2016
Prospective parents in the Tidelands region have another reason to choose Tidelands Health for maternity care.
Two Tidelands Health hospitals, already recognized as the top two hospitals in the state for women’s health, have now been recognized under the Blue Distinction® Specialty Care program for providing quality, affordable maternity care. The designation is one more that singles out the hospitals as regional leaders in women’s care.
Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital is one of 25 hospitals to receive the Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care, and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial is one of 14 to receive the Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care. Both facilities are among the first in the state to be recognized under the new program, developed by BlueCross® BlueShield® of South Carolina and BlueChoice® Health Plan of South Carolina to help prospective parents find quality, affordable maternal care.
“We’re delighted to have earned this honor,” said Dana Kiser, clinical director of women and children’s services at Tidelands Health. “Becoming a new mom is a momentous, joyful and sometimes stressful event in a woman’s life. Our teams at both hospitals strive to make that experience of welcoming a new baby as safe and positive as we can by following the latest evidence-based practices for maternal and infant care.”
The new maternity care recognition program evaluates hospitals on several quality measures, including the implementation of evidence-based care practices and successful breast-feeding programs, overall patient satisfaction and the percentage of newborns that fall into the category of early elective delivery, an ongoing concern in the medical community because of increased risk of infant death and respiratory ailments.
Recently, Tidelands Waccamaw and Tidelands Georgetown were named No. 1 and No. 2 in the state for medical excellence in women’s health by CareChex, a division of Comparion Medical Analytics, a medical quality rating system for consumers, payers and employers. In addition, both hospitals have earned the prestigious Baby Friendly designation that promotes breastfeeding and have worked diligently with providers to successfully reduce the number of elective deliveries before 39 weeks. Tidelands Waccamaw is also a Joint Commission childbirth center of excellence.
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 the Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care designation, a hospital must meet the same quality criteria while also meeting requirements for cost efficiency.
“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,” said Dr. Shawn Stinson, BlueCross vice president and chief medical officer.
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina each are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information about Blue Distinction, please visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.