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January 18, 2016

Harrington Earns Blue Distinction Center Recognition for Maternity Care

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. – January 19, 2016 – Harrington HealthCare System has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).

Harrington was one of only two hospitals in the state, and the only hospital in Central Massachusetts, to earn the designation for 2015.

BCBSA recognizes a number of hospitals nationwide each year that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care — safely, effectively, and cost efficiently.

“Our staff provides a very personalized and compassionate approach to labor and delivery that is both safe and high quality,” said Ann Beaudry, RN, Director of Maternity and Pediatrics. “The exceptional care in our Family Birthing Center is sometimes overlooked because of larger hospitals that are nearby. Our nurses are always taking advanced training courses, and our technology allows us to monitor and care for mom and baby in a way that rivals any other hospital.”

Blue Cross analyzes data from a number of national healthcare rating organizations, including Hospital Compare and Centers for Disease Control. Hospitals must meet the nationally-established, objective quality measures for each category to be considered a Blue Distinction Center.

Some of the data reviewed included early elective delivery, overall hospital satisfaction and hospital recommendation scores. In November 2015, Harrington was recognized by The Leapfroup Group as having the lowest primary C-section rate in the state.  Harrington Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Mark Simonelli said the recognition reflects Harrington’s consistent effort “to manage each patient to ensure that babies are delivered in the safest and least complicated manner.”

The Blue Distinction Center award also required a minimum sample size that had to have been captured for a hospital to be considered eligible.

According to BCBSA, the goal of the program is to help consumers and patients find both quality and value for their specialty care needs, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the overall quality and delivery of care nationwide.

Harrington’s Maternity, Labor and Delivery Department is a specialty service at its main hospital campus in Southbridge with about 300 births per year. All patient rooms are private. The nursing staff supports a comprehensive care plan for each individual that promotes mental, physical and emotional health for mom and baby. The maternity nurses are specially trained for every type of birth; only 3% of infants born at Harrington in 2015 required a transfer to other hospitals. Many of the maternity nurses are also certified lactation counselors and offer 24/7 breastfeeding assistance to patients.



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