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McLaren Central Michigan Honored with Blue Distinction Center+ Status for Maternity Care

Published on Monday, August 29, 2016

McLaren Central Michigan has been designated a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care, by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The designation is earned by meeting rigorous criteria which demonstrate both highest levels of expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care to maternity patients and families at McLaren Central Michigan.

The evaluation criteria for McLaren Central Michigan’s designation was based on what impacts care the most, including:
  • The expertise of the medical team;
  • The number of times the facility has performed the procedure; and,
  • The facility’s track-record for procedure results.

“The maternity care designation is a significant achievement and an indication of quality performance, safe and effective care for the many thousands of Michigan residents who will add to their families in the future,” said Dr. David Share, SVP of value partnerships at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

As a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care, McLaren Central Michigan is a healthcare facility with demonstrated expertise and a commitment to quality care during the delivery episode of care, which includes both vaginal and cesarean section delivery. They have been recognized for their expertise and cost-efficiency in delivering specialty care. Quality is key: only those facilities that first meet Blue Distinction Centers’ nationally established, objective quality measures will be considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+.

“At McLaren Central Michigan, we work hard to ensure we provide the very best care, and this new ‘Blue Distinction Center+’ designation should make patients even more confident when selecting care at our medical facility. Our philosophy is simple: to treat each family with dignity and respect, and to ensure that their birth experience is everything they want it to be,” said Ellen Talbott, VP of Patient Care Services at McLaren Central Michigan.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield “Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program” was developed to assist patients when making important healthcare decisions by identifying facilities with proven expertise. For more information on the Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center designation, visit For more information on McLaren Central Michigan’s nationally recognized Family Birth Place, visit

McLaren Central Michigan is a 118-bed, acute care, not-for-profit hospital located in Mount Pleasant, offering a full range of quality health and wellness services to the residents of central Michigan including cardiovascular care, cancer services, and comprehensive surgical and orthopedic services. The hospital has over 70 active staff physicians and is associated with more than 150 other skilled providers.