Blue Cross Blue Shield award identifies and promotes health care excellence

Indianapolis, Oct. 16, 2017 – The Eskenazi Health Family Beginnings maternity care program has earned Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Blue Distinction Specialty Care recognition presented to health care providers renowned for their expertise and cost efficiency in delivering care.

Blue Distinction Specialty Care is a national designation program identifying providers that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care – safely, effectively and cost efficiently.

The program helps consumers find both quality and value for their specialty care needs while encouraging health care professionals to improve the overall quality and delivery of health care nationwide, and providing a credible foundation for local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plans (Blue Plans) to design benefits tailored to meet employers’ quality and cost objectives.

“We’re very pleased and deeply honored to receive this prestigious designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO of Eskenazi Health. “Earning Blue Distinction Specialty Care recognition provides affirmation and encouragement for everyone associated with our Family Beginnings program, and I congratulate them all for providing the very best in maternity health care.”

Each facility that was evaluated for this recognition receives a Feedback Report containing valuable performance information. This Feedback Report can also provide a foundation for internal discussions within the facility’s management team or medical staff to assess and improve quality and cost performance in comparison to national benchmarks.

The Eskenazi Health Family Beginnings program met all the criteria for Blue Distinction recognition in all categories: Quality Decision, Business Decision, Cost of Care Decision and Final Eligibility Decision

“Every birth is a one-of-a-kind experience, and Eskenazi Health aims to provide new families with the best care for their newest member,” said Lee Ann Blue, MSN, RN, executive vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Eskenazi Health. “We work to develop services to meet the medical, social and psychological needs of our patients, the full spectrum of care that allows women to focus their efforts where they belong – introducing their new little ones to the world.”

Eskenazi Health Family Beginnings partners with expectant parents to create a birth plan to make things as easy as possible for parents and newborns. And, when the time comes, Eskenazi Health Family Beginnings’ excellent staff and private labor and delivery and postpartum suites provide a beautiful and comfortable setting in which to welcome new family members.

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For nearly 160 years, Eskenazi Health has provided high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care to the residents of Marion County and Central Indiana. Accredited by The Joint Commission, nationally recognized programs include a Level I trauma center, regional burn center, comprehensive senior care program, women’s and children’s services, teen and adolescent care programs, Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health, and a network of primary care sites located throughout the neighborhoods of Indianapolis known as Eskenazi Health Center. In partnership with the Regenstrief Institute, Eskenazi Health conducts groundbreaking work that informs health information technology around the globe. Eskenazi Health also serves as the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services. As the public hospital division of the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County (HHC), Eskenazi Health partners with the Indiana University School of Medicine whose physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services. In December 2013, Eskenazi Health moved to its new main campus and opened the brand new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. The new modern and efficient facility is Central Indiana’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold health care campus and offers unique features like a one-of-a-kind sky farm and extensive art collection. The Eskenazi Health Foundation was the recipient of $40 million gift from Indianapolis couple Sidney and Lois Eskenazi to assist with building the brand new hospital facilities. HHC recognized this generous gift by naming the new hospital and health system in the Eskenazis’ honor.

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