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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Anthem delivers top recognition to Franciscan St. Francis Health’s maternity program

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – When Ava Bentley became the first baby born in Marion County on New Year’s Day, she was being cared for at a hospital on the brink of earning national accolades for its maternity care.

Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis recently was recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care® by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. This distinction means the hospital met nationally established criteria by demonstrating expertise in delivering quality specialty care, safely and effectively.
The Blue Distinction program focuses on both vaginal and cesarean delivery treatment provided by acute care inpatient facilities, routine obstetrical services and follow-up care. Further, it is an important  tool for helping Blue members make better informed decisions about where to seek specialty care.

“This designation validates the phenomenal work of our women’s health providers and their ongoing commitment to deliver the highest level of care to our patients,” said James Callaghan, MD, president and CEO. “We are proud of this achievement.”
Nearly 48,000 infants have been born at Franciscan St. Francis Health since 1995, when the Women & Children’s Center (WCC) was consolidated at the 8111 S. Emerson Ave. campus.

Meanwhile, the $37 million expansion and renovation of the Women & Children’s Center is nearing completion and fully opening this spring, with a public grand opening celebration scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30. Among the project additions now open to patients:

·        Wellness Suite: Massage therapy, acupuncture, maternal fetal medicine/genetic counseling, and pelvic health and rehabilitation and genetics.
·        Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: This renovation added 24 private suites. It is the only Level III NICU in south-central Indiana.
·        Post Partum and Newborn Nursery Unit: Our new, 34-suite unit is built on the principle of providing exceptional patient care in a family-friendly environment, where mom, dad and baby can room together.​ 

Other highlights images and videos about the renovation project can be found HERE.