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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Three Texas Health Hospitals Named Baby-Friendly

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Texas Health Resources is home to the only three hospitals in the state named "Baby-Friendly" by the World Health Organization. The Baby-Friendly designation recognizes hospitals’ comprehensive approach to supporting breastfeeding of newborns.

Last year, Texas Health Allen became the first hospital in Texas to receive the distinction. This March, Texas Health Stephenville and Hurst-Euless-Bedford also received the designation.

Texas First Lady Anita Perry recently joined us at Texas Health HEB to celebrate the accomplishment of all three hospitals and support our efforts for healthy babies.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is an international program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund. It is designed to encourage and acknowledge hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for lactation.

To achieve Baby-Friendly status, hospitals must successfully implement and follow 10 steps that include starting breastfeeding in the first hour of life, extensive employee training, and providing outpatient support after discharge. The Centers for Disease Control encourages breastfeeding because of its many known benefits for infants, children and new mothers.

Congratulations to Texas Health Allen, HEB and Stephenville for being the first and only facilities in Texas designated Baby-Friendly.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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