Hospital earns prestigious ‘baby-friendly’ status

Albany, NY — Baby-Friendly USA, announces that St. Catherine Hospital has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility and only the second Kansas hospital to do so.

Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

“The affirmation of excellence by the World Health Organization and UNICEF reinforces what western Kansas has come to know, what a superior center of care the Maternal Child Center at St. Catherine Hospital is,” said Hospital President and CEO, Scott Taylor. “By combining some of the most dedicated and trained staff with the most advanced technology in the region, St. Catherine delivers clinical outcomes and patient safety scores that are some of the best in the state.  Whether for routine delivery or high risk obstetric and pediatric care, the Maternal Child Center at St. Catherine Hospital should be your facility of choice.”

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide, and 474 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. The “Baby-Friendly” designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.