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Highmark recognizes hospitals in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware for delivering quality, affordable care

Highmark Inc.

PITTSBURGH (Feb. 25, 2016) — In an effort to help consumers find and select quality, affordable care, Highmark has announced that select hospitals in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware have earned the Blue Distinction® Center or Blue Distinction® Center+ designation in the categories of cardiac care and maternity care. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

"Our goal with the Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ for Specialty CareSM program is to identify hospitals in our service area that deliver higher, overall quality and positive patient outcomes for a specific area of specialty care, such as cardiac care or maternity care," said Marylou Buyse, M.D., M.S., senior medical director for Highmark. "This helps our members, and all local residents, make more informed healthcare decisions, especially in the important areas of cardiac and maternity care."

The maternity care designation is a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program, and 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.

Hospitals that receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for maternity care designation meet requirements that support evidence-based practices of care. They have also initiated programs to promote successful breastfeeding, as described in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative by Baby-Friendly USA or the Mother-Friendly Hospital Program's "Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care" by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS). The maternity care program also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness to recommend the hospital to others. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers+ for maternity care designation, a hospital must also meet requirements for cost efficiency.

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 (CABG) and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) episodes of care. A hospital must also have earned national accreditation at the facility level. To receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for cardiac care designation hospitals must also demonstrate better cost-efficiency compared to their peers in addition to meeting the established quality thresholds.

Hospitals currently designated as a Blue Distinction Center in western Pennsylvania include:
  • Allegheny General Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Armstrong County Memorial Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Bradford Regional Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care, Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Excela Westmoreland Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Forbes Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care, Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Indiana Regional Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Jefferson Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • Meadville Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Nason Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Penn Highlands Dubois (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care, Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Penn Highlands Elk (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Punxsutawney Area Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Saint Vincent Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care, Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Sharon Regional Health System (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Somerset Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Saint Clair Memorial Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care, Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Uniontown Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • Warren General Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • West Penn Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
Hospitals currently designated as a Blue Distinction Center in central Pennsylvania include:
  • Berwick Hospital Center (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • Carlisle Regional Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • Chambersburg Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Easton Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care, Blue Distinction® Center, cardiac care)
  • Ephrata Community Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • Geisinger - Bloomsburg Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • Geisinger Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • Gettysburg Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • Good Samaritan (Blue Distinction Center®+, maternity care, Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Hanover Hospital (Blue Distinction, maternity care)
  • Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center (Blue Distinction+ maternity care)
  • Holy Spirit Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care, Blue Distinction® Center, cardiac care)
  • Lancaster General Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Lancaster Regional Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center, cardiac care)
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care, Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg (Blue Distinction® Center cardiac care)
  • Memorial Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Mount Nittany Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Pinnaclehealth Hospitals - Harrisburg Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Reading Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care, Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Sacred Heart Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Schuylkill Medical Center - South Jackson Street (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Saint Joseph Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Saint Lukes Hospital - Bethlehem Campus (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care, Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Saint Lukes Hospital - Allentown Campus (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Waynesboro Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • York Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care, Blue Distinction® Center, cardiac care)
Hospitals currently designated as a Blue Distinction Center in northeastern Pennsylvania include:
  • Geisinger – Community Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care, Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Moses Taylor Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Robert Packer Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care, Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Wilkes Barre General Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
Hospitals currently designated as a Blue Distinction Center in West Virginia include:
  • Berkeley Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • Bluefield Regional Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Cabell Huntington Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • Camden Clark Memorial Hospital Corp (Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Charleston Area Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • Davis Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • Greenbrier Valley Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Monongalia General Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • Ohio Valley Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Princeton Community Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • Raleigh General Hospital (Blue Distinction, maternity care)
  • Saint Mary's Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center +, cardiac care)
  • Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)
  • Thomas Memorial Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • United Hospital Center (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • West Virginia University Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • Wheeling Hospital Inc (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
Hospitals currently designated as a Blue Distinction Center in Delaware include:
  • Beebe Medical Center (Blue Distinction® Center, cardiac care)
  • Christiana Care Health Services (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care, Blue Distinction® Center, cardiac care)
  • Nanticoke Memorial Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center, maternity care)
  • St Francis Hospital (Blue Distinction® Center +, maternity care)

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.

About Highmark Inc.

Highmark Inc. is among the ten largest health insurers in the United States and is the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark and its diversified businesses and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.3 million members. Its diversified health businesses serve group customer and individual health needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related health businesses. Highmark is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

For more information, contact:
Wendy Morphew
Highmark Health
412-544-3616
Wendy.Morphew@highmarkhealth.org