Morristown, New Jersey – For their work in delivering extraordinary care for new mothers, Atlantic Health System’s Morristown, Overlook, Chilton and Newton Medical Centers have been nationally recognized with a Blue Distinction® Centers+ (BDC+) for Maternity Care designation, a recognition of high quality care that improves outcomes and reduces cost.

These four Atlantic Health System hospitals, all participating in Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s network, earned this designation by meeting the rigorous Blue Distinction Centers+ quality selection criteria for maternity care as part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. 

“We are incredibly proud to have achieved this distinction at all four of our maternity centers,” said Diana Contreras, MD, Medical Director of Women’s Health, Atlantic Health System. “Our team of providers and team members are dedicated to providing high-quality maternity care for our moms and their babies. This recognition shines a light on the work we’ve been doing for years to help expectant parents safely and comfortably welcome their new babies into the world.”

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Along with being celebrated for their quality of care as BDC+ locations, these four Atlantic Health System medical centers were also recognized for the cost-savings provided through quality care delivery. Overall, cost of care episodes for vaginal and cesarean births at BDC+ facilities are 20% less than those at non-Blue Distinction Centers+ facilities. The rates of Episiotomies were 49% less those at Blue Distinction Centers (BDC and BDC+) than at those at non-Blue Distinction Centers (BDC and BDC+). In 2018, BDC/BDC+ facilities across the country cared for more than 40% of Blue Cross and Blue Shield commercially insured women giving birth.

Atlantic Health System Maternity Centers at Morristown, Overlook, Chilton and Newton medical centers have earned national recognition for caring for mothers and their babies, including the Baby-Friendly hospital designation by Baby-Friendly USA – an accolade only given to those hospitals who implement successful breastfeeding practices and provide ongoing support for mothers and families.

To learn more about the program and for a complete listing of the designated providers, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of more than 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The not-for-profit system offers more than 400 sites of care, including seven hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ, Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Madison, NJ.

Atlantic Medical Group, comprised of 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, represents one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey and joins Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners as part of Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network of more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs through 16 urgent care centers, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere Virtual Visits. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of seven regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across seven health systems in New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.