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Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 1:51pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — The University Medical Center of El Paso has once again been distinguished as a Texas Ten Step hospital for its efforts in encouraging young mothers to breastfeed their newborns and infants.
The distinction was given to UMC by the Texas Health Department, the Texas Ten Step program aims to assist birth facilities in their support of breastfeeding mothers before, during and after delivery. The program also encourages the hospital to identify breastfeeding resources for the mother after she is discharged and assists facilities in improving on national performance measures such as the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Breastfeeding Report Card.
The goal of the Texas Ten Step Program is to have 82 percent of infants exclusively breastfeeding when discharged.
“We have worked very hard to earn and now retain the Texas Ten Step Program designation,” says Diana Fancher, DNP, MBA, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at UMC. “And we are proud to be among the other select Texas hospitals in promoting breastfeeding to our new mothers.”
For more information on the Texas Ten Step Program, call Veronica Hendrix, Program Coordinator at (512) 341-4592, or visit the web site at www.texastenstep.org