Highmark recognizes Camden Clark Medical Center for quality maternity care

Photo by Brett Dunlap WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center was recognized this past week as a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield during a presentation at the hospital. Pictured from left are: Thomas A. Durnell, MD, OB/GYN; Tammy Hoffman, clinical manager of Women’s and Children’s; Jim Fawcett, president and CEO Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia; Marianne Dietrick-Gallagher, interim director of Women’s and Children’s; Christine Daniels, MBA, MSN, RN, NE-BC, interim vice president patient care services/chief nursing officer; Brenda Knight, RN; and Cindy Kern, vice president Quality.

PARKERSBURG — WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center was recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Highmark West Virginia President Jim Fawcett was at the hospital Wednesday to present the recognition to the nursing and maternity care staff.

“It is a fun day in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” he said. “This is an opportunity for Highmark West Virginia to acknowledge WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center for achieving a Blue Distinction Center in terms of maternity care”

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

Fawcett said the criteria for this distinction is based on their data for quality, safety and patient satisfaction.

“This center in Parkersburg has established itself above the national standard and we can recognize it,” he said. “In the evolution of health care where we look for greater transparency, to be able to tell our members that if they come here for maternity care they will do better.”

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center is the only hospital in the Mid-Ohio Valley to be recognized by Highmark BCBS West Virginia for meeting the rigorous Blue Distinction Center quality selection criteria for maternity care set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

“The Blue Distinction program gives Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia members the ability to choose their providers based upon reliable quality and safety information,” Fawcett said. “It also provides a pathway for exceptional providers to demonstrate their value, and delivers the kind of transparency necessary for members to make informed value-driven health care decisions.”

More and more, consumers are demanding information from insurance companies about cost and quality of services, he said.

Camden Clark has also received Blue Distinction Certification for knees/hips care and cardiac care.

“It is an indication of the quality that is being developed here,” Fawcett said.

Marianne Dietrick-Gallagher, interim Director for Women and Children’s Services at CCMC, said they were delighted to receive the Blue Distinction for maternity care.

“We know we do a good job, our quality is great and our patient satisfaction is good,” she said. “It is very nice for us to be acknowledged by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

“It validates for us what we know we do on behalf of our patients and their families.”

Dietrick-Gallagher said patients report on surveys that they like how the staff treats them.

“It is such a joyous occasion when families have babies,” she said. “They respect our staff’s professionalism and caring attitude and their ability to answer their questions and help them when it is time to take their infant home.

“I am incredibly proud of our staff, our nurses, our techs, our clerks and our physicians to be recognized for all the wonderful work we do here.”