Great River Medical Center recognized

Great River Medical Center was one of 18 Iowa hospitals to receive Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

The designation helps prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality, affordable maternity care.

Nearly 4 million babies are born in the U.S. annually, making childbirth the most common cause of hospitalization and cesarean section the most common operating room procedure, according to National Centers for Health Statistics and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) companies across the nation have recognized more than 1,000 hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care.

Hospitals recognized with this designation are assessed using a combination of quality information supplied by hospitals and cost measures derived from BCBS companies? medical claims.

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, maternity care, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery and transplants, while encouraging health care professionals to improve the care they deliver.

Research shows that, compared to other hospitals, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients.

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, visit