Evergreen Hospital Earns FiveYear BabyFriendly Hospital Designation

KIRKLAND Wash March 29 2012 PRNewswire via COMTEX Evergreen Healthcare today announced it has renewed its fiveyear designation as a BabyFriendly Hospital demonstrating the organizations commitment to adopting new policies and procedures that lead to improved health outcomes for newborns and families

The designation is awarded by BabyFriendly USA an accrediting body that implements the United Nations Childrens Fund UNICEF and World Health Organization WHO BabyFriendly Hospital Initiative to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding

To be considered for the BabyFriendly designation Evergreen demonstrated successful integration of BabyFriendlys Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding into the hospitals nutritional education and support of mothers and newborns

Providing the highest level of quality care for new families is one of the most rewarding aspects of our job said Evergreen Healthcare CEO Bob Malte This renewed designation recognizes the exemplary work of the Family Maternity Center and underscores its leadership reputation in maternity care both in our local community and nationally Were so proud of the new families that begin their journey at Evergreen along with our teams work to support them throughout lifes milestones

Over the years scientific studies have shown that breastfeeding can have significant health benefits for both the newborn and the mother including a reduced risk of certain acute and chronic diseases For more information on breastfeeding go to the US Department of Health Human Services website

In addition to this latest designation Evergreen has also attained a FiveStar rating from HealthGrades for maternity care for eight consecutive years According to the HealthGrades 2011 Obstetrics Gynecology in American Hospitals report women who give birth at FiveStar rated hospitals experience 32 percent fewer complications

Along with its outstanding clinical outcomes in maternity care Evergreen also achieved a FiveStar rating for gynecologic surgery HealthGrades report found that women who undergo gynecologic surgery at FiveStar rated hospitals experience 35 percent fewer complications as well

The Evergreen Family Maternity Center provides superior maternity care throughout the phases of pregnancy childbirth and postpartum care with comprehensive education support and clinical care

To learn more about the maternity services provided at Evergreen visit wwwevergreenhealthcareorgmaternity or call 4258993000

About Evergreen Healthcare

Evergreen Healthcare a public hospital district and communitybased health care organization established in 1972 offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region More than 950 physicians provide clinical excellence within more than 80 specialties including cardiac oncology surgical care orthopedics a Neuroscience Institute Womens and Childrens services hospice care pulmonary care a Sleep Disorders Center and Home Health services care Evergreen serves more than 400000 residents in its primary service area of northern King and southern Snohomish counties with Evergreen Medical Group a network of primary and urgent care practices and Evergreen Hospital Medical Center its main hospital campus in Kirkland Wash Evergreen also provides emergency care at two sites its main hospital campus and the Evergreen Redmond Medical Center In addition to clinical care Evergreen offers extensive community health outreach and education programs anchored by Evergreen Healthline a 247 nurse consultation service

Date : 30 Mar, 2012
Reference : http://www.marketwatch.com/story/evergreen-hospital-earns-five-year-baby-friendly-hospital-designati

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