February 11, 2011

SRMC Women's Services Named 1 of 4 Tennessee Hospitals to Receive International Board of Lactation Consultants Award
SRMC Only Hospital in Middle Tennessee to Receive Recognition

The staff in the Women's Services unit at Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC) learned recently it is the only hospital in Middle Tennessee being awarded with the "IBCLC Care Award," given by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).


The "Care Award" is given every two years by the IBLCE and ILCA to hospitals, birthing facilities and birthing services that hire currently certified International Board Certified Lactation Consultants; have a professional lactation support program available 5 to 7 days a week; provide training for nursing, medical and other staff that care for breastfeeding families; and have implemented special projects that promote, protect and support breastfeeding. 


The 2011 "Care Award" is being given to 192 hospitals internationally in 2011, with only four hospitals in Tennessee receiving the award. 

"This award recognizes the commitment and dedication our Women's Services nursing team has shown in developing a high quality breastfeeding services program for our patients at SRMC," said Mary Jo Lewis, CEO of SRMC and HighPoint Health System.  "I congratulate our board certified lactation consultant, Christina Perez, our Women's Services nursing team and our physicians for all the hard work they put into ensuring a successful breastfeeding experience for new moms and babies at SRMC."


SRMC's breastfeeding services program was established in 2008 and offers breastfeeding support classes to expectant parents, assists mothers during the important first breastfeeding experience in the delivery room, provides ongoing support throughout a mother's and newborn's post-partum stay in the hospital, and offers follow-up care through a breastfeeding support phone line. 


Dr. Norman Spencer, pediatrician and chairman of SRMC's Medical Staff Quality Committee said about the award, "Having the ability for a young mother to receive expert instruction and support at the most critical time for establishing successful breast feeding is a marvelous resource that Sumner Regional patients are very fortunate to have."



About Sumner Regional Medical Center

Sumner Regional Medical Center, a progressive, 155-bed acute care facility in Gallatin, Tenn., is the flagship hospital of HighPoint Health System.  The hospital offers a full range of diagnostic, surgical, therapeutic, women's and rehabilitative services and has been serving the communities of Sumner County and beyond for more than 50 years.


For more information about SRMC's Breastfeeding Services program, call (615) 328-4123 or visit www.MySumnerMedical.com.



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