Providence Hospital Designated Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care

March 21, 2016 2:31 pm Published by

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has designated Providence Hospital in Mobile to receive the Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care designation. The new designation is part of an effort by Alabama’s leading health insurer to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality maternity care.

Providence Hospital, which has been serving the the community for more than 160 years, delivers about 1,800 babies per year.  The hospital is part of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

“For Providence Hospital, this designation is a validation of what our healthcare team, including our physicians leaders, strives to do in delivering the highest quality care to mothers and newborns,” said Debra Hinton, director of Women’s and Children’s Services for Providence Hospital.  “We take pride in having a well-trained staff of physicians and nurses who focus on providing personalized, safe and reliable care.  We are honored to be involved at this critical moment in the lives of new parents, when they welcome a new life into the world.”

Nearly four million babies are born in the U.S. annually, making childbirth the most common cause of hospitalization. This new Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care program 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. Compared with babies born 39 weeks or later, early term infants face higher risks of infant death and respiratory ailments such as respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, and respiratory failure, among other conditions. These babies also have a higher rate of admission to Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

Hospitals that receive a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care designation agree to follow practices of care, based on research and objective measures developed with input from the medical community. The program also recognizes hospitals that have initiated programs to promote successful breastfeeding and also have a high level of overall patient satisfaction.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies across the nation have recognized more than 280 hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care. Hospitals recognized for these designations were assessed using a combination of publicly available quality information and cost measures derived from BCBS companies’ medical claims.

BCBS’s Blue Distinction Specialty Care program also has recognized Providence Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center in the areas of knee and hip replacements and spine surgery. Research shows that compared to other facilities, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients.

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Providence Hospital

Providence Hospital is a 349-bed facility that provides personalized compassionate care for more than 15,000 inpatients and 150,000 outpatients each year. Providence Hospital delivers about 1,800 babies annually.  Specialized services offered at Providence include cancer care, heart surgery, obstetrics, eye surgery, orthopedics, neurosciences, and a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center.  Providence is a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.


About Ascension

Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers serve in 2,000 sites of care – including 137 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.


About Blue Cross and Blue Shield

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide health care coverage for nearly 105 million members – one in three Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit


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 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.