Marlton, NJ: Virtua Memorial in Burlington County and Virtua Voorhees have been awarded the Blue Distinction® Designation for Maternity Care from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). The Blue Distinction® Specialty Care Program is a national designation program recognizing healthcare facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering specialty care safely, effectively and cost-efficiently.
The goal of the Blue Distinction® Specialty Care Program is to help consumers find both quality and value for their specialty care needs, while providing a credible foundation for employers to design benefits tailored to meet their quality and cost objectives.
“Virtua is honored to be recognized with the prestigious Blue Distinction® Designation for Maternity Care at both our Mt. Holly and Voorhees hospitals,” said Virtua Program Director of Women’s Health Nicole Lamborne, MD. “Virtua is a leader in maternal and child health services delivering nearly 8,000 babies a year. Providing quality health care to the mothers and babies of southern New Jersey is our priority and this award is a tribute to the hard work, dedication and expertise of all of Virtua’s maternal-fetal health professionals.”
Blue Distinction® is a nationwide program of the BCBSA that recognizes facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering high quality healthcare and improved outcomes for patients. Facilities are evaluated on multiple criteria that evaluate quality, safety and cost efficiency. Only hospitals that meet the standards are recognized as Blue Distinction® Centers for their proven expertise, high quality care and patient results.
Virtua Memorial and Virtua Voorhees are designated as a Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, an independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
As one of New Jersey’s largest, non-profit health systems, Virtua provides comprehensive health care services to achieve its mission to help people be well, get well and stay well. Virtua provides services through Virtua Medical Group with 500 physicians and other clinicians, and at its urgent care centers, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, health and wellness centers, fitness centers, home health services, long-term care and rehabilitation centers, and paramedic program. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers nearly 8,000 babies a year. It provides health services to 1,500 businesses, and participates in Virtua Physician Partners, a clinically integrated network of 1,000 physicians and other clinicians. Virtua is affiliated with Penn Medicine for cancer and neuroscience and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for pediatrics. It employs over 9,000 and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley many times since 2007. It is the recipient of a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for quality of care, and its hospitals earned straight A’s in patient safety by The Leapfrog Group and the 2016 Patient Safety Award from Healthgrades. U.S. News and World Report ranked Virtua’s Mount Holly and Voorhees hospitals as High Performing Hospitals and Voorhees as a Best Regional Hospital. Virtua is also the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.
About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health service corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services serving 3.8 million members. Horizon BCBSNJ is leading the transformation of health care in New Jersey by working with doctors and hospitals to deliver innovative, patient-centered programs that reward the quality, not quantity, of care patients receive. Learn more at www.HorizonBlue.com. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
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 healthcare. 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 www.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.