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Four Atlantic Health System Hospitals nationally recognized for high quality and cost-efficient maternity care

NEW JERSEY – For their work in delivering extraordinary care for new mothers, Atlantic Health System’s Morristown, Overlook, Chilton and Newton Medical Centers have been nationally recognized with a Blue Distinction® Centers+ (BDC+) for Maternity Care designation, a recognition of high quality care that improves outcomes and reduces cost.

These four Atlantic Health System hospitals, all participating in Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s network, earned this designation by meeting the rigorous Blue Distinction Centers+ quality selection criteria for maternity care as part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

“We are incredibly proud to have achieved this distinction at all four of our maternity centers,” said Diana Contreras, MD, Medical Director of Women’s Health, Atlantic Health System. “Our team of providers and team members are dedicated to providing high-quality maternity care for our moms and their babies. This recognition shines a light on the work we’ve been doing for years to help expectant parents safely and comfortably welcome their new babies into the world.”

Along with being celebrated for their quality of care as BDC+ locations, these four Atlantic Health System medical centers were also recognized for the cost-savings provided through quality care delivery. Overall, cost of care episodes for vaginal and cesarean births at BDC+ facilities are 20% less than those at non-Blue Distinction Centers+ facilities. The rates of Episiotomies were 49% less those at Blue Distinction Centers (BDC and BDC+) than at those at non-Blue Distinction Centers (BDC and BDC+). In 2018, BDC/BDC+ facilities across the country cared for more than 40% of Blue Cross and Blue Shield commercially insured women giving birth.

Atlantic Health System Maternity Centers at Morristown, Overlook, Chilton and Newton medical centers have earned national recognition for caring for mothers and their babies, including the Baby-Friendly hospital designation by Baby-Friendly USA – an accolade only given to those hospitals who implement successful breastfeeding practices and provide ongoing support for mothers and families.

To learn more about the program and for a complete listing of the designated providers, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.

Jay Edwards

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