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Hospitals share success at The Gift statewide hospital collaborative meeting

August 24, 2016

89 people from 31 different organizations participated in The Gift Statewide Hospital Collaborative Meeting on June 10th in Alexandria, LA. The day was filled with learning, sharing and celebrating success. Paula Schreck, MD, a pediatrician from Detroit, MI, shared a Detroit hospital’s journey to Baby-Friendly designation and strategies for engaging physicians. Representatives from five different Louisiana hospitals shared their success with utilizing the Coffective System of Tools to implement evidence-based practices. Harley Ginsberg, MD, spoke about the Mother’s Milk Bank of Louisiana and Tulane Lakeside Hospital shared their success in using donor human milk for the well-baby. During break time, attendees connected with representatives from organizations and programs like WIC, Department of Health home visiting, Healthy Start, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), Well-Ahead and local breastfeeding coalitions.

“I loved everyone being able to ask questions and the networking.”
“It was great to see how other hospitals are using the tools.”

– Statewide meeting attendees

Two hospitals were recognized for their breastfeeding support efforts during the meeting.  Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children was this year’s recipient of The Gift Above and Beyond Award for their outstanding work around utilizing donor human milk and implementing breastfeeding training curriculum with residents.  Our Lady of the Angels received The Gift Making a Difference Award, which was created this year to recognize a partner, individual or hospital who embraces the spirit of The Gift by implementing or supporting evidence-based maternity care practices that increase breastfeeding rates.

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