Blue Distinction CenterTo help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality and affordable maternity care, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) evaluates hospitals on several quality measures, and awards top performers with the Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care designation.

McLaren Northern Michigan is proud to be recognized as a BCBSA Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care, meeting the requirements that align with principles supporting evidence-based practices of care. In addition, McLaren Northern Michigan has initiated programs to promote successful breastfeeding, as described in the Mother-Friendly Hospital program by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) through its “Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care. The BCBSA also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness to recommend the hospital to others.

“It is a true honor to be recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care,” stated Karri Vadenbrink, BSN, RNC-OB, Clinical Nurse Manager for the Women and Children’s Unit at McLaren Northern Michigan. “We are passionate about providing the best care to babies and their mothers, and to give them the resources and knowledge to continue that care throughout life.”

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