UAMS Medical Center Earns Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care Designation

By Ben Boulden

A Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care demonstrates expertise, efficiency and a commitment to quality patient care for vaginal and cesarean deliveries. The designated centers demonstrate better overall patient experience and a lower percentage of early elective deliveries.

“UAMS Medical Center was the first Arkansas hospital to earn Blue Distinction Center+ recognition for maternity care,” said Nirvana Manning, M.D., chair and associate professor in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “Everyone at UAMS working in maternity care is excited to earn this recognition. We know we work hard every day to ensure that women, their babies and their families receive the best care possible, but it’s especially satisfying when others feel we are achieving that goal.”

UAMS provides comprehensive obstetrical care, including care for high-risk pregnancies. Its team of highly trained individuals includes obstetricians, nurses and central Arkansas’ only maternal fetal medicine physicians to care for mother, baby and family.

“Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield congratulates the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on its Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designation,” said Curtis Barnett, president and CEO of Arkansas Blue Cross. “This designation signifies that UAMS has gone through a rigorous, independent evaluation process based on national standards and been found to provide excellent care at reasonable cost. We appreciate UAMS’ shared commitment to quality and helping our members better manage their care through the BDC specialty care program.”

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS as seventh in the nation on its Best Employers for Diversity list. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationwide on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.