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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville Recognized by State for Breastfeeding Efforts
06/10/2011

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville has been named a 2011 Texas Ten Step Facility by the Department of State Health Services and the Texas Hospital Association.

The designation recognizes hospitals that provide evidence-based care to improve breastfeeding outcomes, such as having trained staff available to assist breastfeeding mothers, keeping mom and baby together during the hospital stay, and providing resources for continued care after discharge.

“We take breastfeeding support for our new mothers very seriously here at Texas Health Stephenville,” said Devra LeFevre, R.N., director of Women’s Services for Texas Health Stephenville. “We’ve seen that babies who breastfeed experience less jaundice after birth. Breastfeeding also helps babies and mothers bond. Our Family Resource Center does a great job providing all kinds of support to families after discharge, including jaundice and feeding evaluations.”

Texas Health Stephenville is also one of six facilities in Texas to be named a Baby-Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization. The other five Texas facilities to earn the designation are also part of the Texas Health Resources system in Allen, Arlington, Bedford, Fort Worth, and Plano.

As part of both the Texas Ten Step process and the review process for Baby-Friendly Hospital designation, Texas Health Stephenville has implemented policies to support new mothers before, during, and after delivery. These practices help the hospital increase the percent of mothers who reach their breastfeeding goals, and are an essential step toward meeting the Healthy People 2020 Breastfeeding Objectives.

For more information on Texas Health Stephenville services, please visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville. Information about the hospital can also be found on Facebook. For more information on the Texas Ten Step Program, visit texastenstep.org.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a 98-bed acute care, full-service facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital's services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, women’s services, advanced diagnostic imaging, and wound care. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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