Merit Health Wesley receives Blue Distinction Center of Excellence for quality maternity care


Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi announced the designation of Merit Health Wesley as the Blue Distinction Center of Excellence for Maternity Care. The facility is recognized by the state’s premier health and wellness company for its work in meeting strict criteria focused on patient safety and clinical outcomes.

Quality health care with healthier outcomes for moms and babies is the goal of the Blue Distinction Center of Excellence for Maternity Care designation. Hospitals in the Blue Distinction Maternity Care Network must first be designated by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, based on national criteria for quality, cost and total value, and then meet additional criteria such as defined in the Mississippi Blue Cross and Blue Shield Maternity Quality Model. .

The Maternity Quality Model is a statewide initiative that includes best practices in maternity focused on improving maternal and child health outcomes and safe childbirth. Hospitals in the network that achieve the blue distinction have met the specific quality goals of the Maternity Quality Model, demonstrating their commitment to providing evidence-based care for mothers and babies.

“The Blue Award designation for Maternity Care recognizes healthcare providers who demonstrate a commitment to providing high-quality care to their patients in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner,” said Dr. Thomas Fenter, Medical Director of Blue Cross & Blue Shield. of Mississippi. “We will continue to recognize and support the efforts of our network hospitals that focus on improving maternity care. ”

By implementing programs that gradually raise the bar for provider quality, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi provides Mississippians access to quality network providers who practice evidence-based medicine, with the overall goal improve the health of Mississippians. Research confirms that Blue Distinction Centers of Excellence exhibit better quality and improved outcomes for patients with lower complication and readmission rates than their peers.

“Providing moms, babies and families with the highest quality, safest, and most patient-centered experience is our top priority,” said Matthew Banks, CEO of Merit Health Wesley. “This designation is also a tribute to everyone involved in our women’s service programs. It is their passion and expertise that continually drives us to provide safe and effective patient care.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi also assigned this designation to the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, and Singing River Ocean Springs.

The Blue Distinction Center of Excellence designation is a component of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s quality care partnership with its network providers, and illustrates that quality, cost-effective health care choices for better health are what the “Blue Value” represents for Members of the Mississippi Blue Cross and Blue Shield.


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