Baptist Health Paducah maternity care named Blue Distinction Plus

April 23, 2021

The distinction is held by only 489 hospitals nationwide.

(Paducah, Ky.) April 23, 2021 — Baptist Health Paducah has been recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Kentucky as a Blue Distinction Plus Center for Maternity Care – a distinction held by only 489 hospitals nationwide.

The designation recognizes meaningful quality with measures developed with input from the medical community, and recognizes value with cost measures that address consumers need for affordable healthcare.

“Providing a safe, high quality and patient-centered experience to moms, babies and families is our highest priority,” said Baptist Health Medical Group OB/GYN Matthew Sublette. “This designation is a tribute to everyone involved in our maternity care programs.”

Blue Distinction Plus Centers offer quality care, treatment expertise and better overall patient results. BCBS evaluated both vaginal and cesarean delivery data.

“We are very proud to have received the designation of Blue Distinction Plus Center for Maternity Care,” said Lisa Parnell, director of Mother-Baby at Baptist Health Paducah. “This designation not only means we meet a national standard for various quality measures, but that we also internally monitor our quality measures for continued improvement. This takes a team effort, and we are thankful for our physicians and nursing staff, who work hard to take such good care of our patients.”

Mothers trust Baptist Health Paducah to deliver, with more than 1,300 babies born at the hospital every year. The hospital has the John and Loree Eckstein NICU, the region’s only Level III NICU, a renovated Labor and Delivery unit, and the recently completed John and Vivian Williams Mother-Baby unit, featuring updated post-partum suites, pediatric rooms, nursing stations, a physician lounge and a patient waiting area.