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BDC MaternityVOORHEES, NJ (February 14, 2018) – The Maternity Center at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital (formerly Kennedy University Hospital – Washington Township), has been recognized by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey with a Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care designation.

The Blue Distinction® Specialty Care Program is a national program recognizing health care facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering specialty care safely, effectively and cost-efficiently. Blue Distinction® designated maternity centers have demonstrated improved overall patient satisfaction and a lower percentage of early elective deliveries.

Jefferson Health - New Jersey President Joseph W. Devine, FACHE, said the designation “speaks volumes about the great care our team delivers day-in and day-out. Patient safety and patient satisfaction have always been two of our top priorities, and this designation shows we provide top-notch care to all expectant mothers who come to us for maternity services.”

Blue Distinction® is a nationwide program of the BCBSA that recognizes facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering high-quality health care 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.

About Jefferson Health: Jefferson Health, home of Sidney Kimmel Medical College, is reimagining health care in the greater Philadelphia region and southern New Jersey. Jefferson’s dedicated team of doctors, nurses, health professionals and staff provides a range of primary to highly-specialized care through 14 hospitals (three Magnet®-designated for nursing excellence), more than 50 outpatient and urgent care locations, the NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and the JeffConnect® telemedicine program. Jefferson’s academic health center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc., is recognized by US News & World Report as #16 on the 2017-18 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. Jefferson Health’s mission is to improve the health of those patients and communities it is privileged to serve through safe, effective, equitable, compassionate care.

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey: Horizon BCBSNJ, 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.

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