From: Heidi Close, Director of Women’s Services Centegra Health System
Rachel Sebastian, President McHenry Hospital
Peggy Norton-Rosko, MSN, RN, NEA-C SVP & Chief Nursing Officer Centegra Health System __________________________________________________________________________________________
We are excited to announce that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois recently awarded Centegra McHenry Hospital the Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care designation (BDC). Blue Distinction® is a national designation program recognizing healthcare facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care – safely, effectively, and cost efficiently.
Facilities are evaluated on quality metrics developed through a process that includes:
- Input from the medical community and quality measurement experts.
- Review of medical literature together with national quality and safety initiatives.
- Thorough analysis of meaningful quality measures from objective, publicly available sources.
In addition hospitals that receive the BDC Maternity Care designation must also attest to having certain structural components in place and commit to ongoing reporting and quality improvement obligations. The program also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness to recommend the hospital to others. Blue Distinction® Centers demonstrate better overall patient satisfaction and a lower percentage of early elective deliveries.
Join us in congratulating our entire Women’s Health team as they continue to provide outstanding care to our community.