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Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Recognized for High-Quality Maternity Care

Updated: 3/21/2018

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has again recognized Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital with a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

These designated centers are medical facilities recognized for delivering quality specialty care safely and effectively, based on objective, transparent measures on patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community.

Nearly four million babies are born in the U.S. annually, making childbirth the most common cause of hospitalization and cesarean sections the most common operating room procedures, according to National Centers for Health Statistics and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ).

The Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care program evaluates hospitals on quality measures for vaginal and cesarean delivery. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care designation, a hospital must also demonstrate cost-efficiency.

Quality is key: only the hospitals that first meet Blue Distinction’s nationally established, objective quality measures will be considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+.

“We are honored to receive this recognition for Maternity Care again this year,” said Darcy Craven, president of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. “Being nationally recognized for the high level of quality care provided to moms and newborns at our hospital demonstrates the compassion and commitment to excellence of our nurses, physicians and staff.”

"We are pleased that Millard Fillmore Suburban has been recognized for their maternity care,” said Dr. Thomas Schenk, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. “BlueCross BlueShield is proud of the work they do each day to ensure that mothers and babies throughout our community have access to safe, high quality and cost-effective care."

BlueCross BlueShield (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. On average, Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20% more cost-efficient than hospitals that are not Blue Distinction Center+ designated.

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