Bassett recognized for higher quality in maternity care

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center’s maternity program recently received Excellus’ Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

“We are very proud to be a Blue Distinction Center for the second year in a row,” says Bassett’s Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology Siobhan Hayden, MD in a news release. “Our team of nurses and providers work very hard at following published practice guidelines, leading to better outcomes, as evidenced by this designation.”

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 the National Centers for Health Statistics and the Agency for Health Care Research & Quality. Reducing early elective delivery is an area of focus for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics. According to Health Affairs, elective inductions result in more cesarean deliveries and a longer maternal hospitalization. 

Hospitals receiving this distinction have been evaluated on quality measures for vaginal and cesarean delivery and also must demonstrate cost-efficiency.

Robin Stasilli, RN, nurse manager for the Birthing Center, notes in the release, “We had 1,033 deliveries in 2017, the most we have seen in a single year. I am proud to say we received this recognition for maintaining our high-quality, safe care. The work on behalf of our moms and their newborns extends beyond the Birthing Center team to include pediatric staff, anesthesia, blood bank, environmental services, food and nutrition services, and bed management, to name a few. Our team is grateful for consistent organizational support.”

Bassett’s obstetrics team utilizes a “deliverist” service, so that a physician who specializes in delivering babies is in-house 24/7. Additionally, newborns receive daily medical care from one of five skilled inpatient nurse practitioners, who work in cooperation with the on-call pediatrician.

Bassett has four experienced pediatricians who take call and are available for any pediatric emergency.

Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes six corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, 20 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit Follow Bassett on Facebook at

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About Blue Distinction Centers
Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community.