CHEER CHAMPION OF THE WEEK: WILLIAM BEAUMONT ARMY MEDICAL CENTER!
This week’s Hospital of the Week is William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC) in El Paso, Texas. WBAMC enrolled in the CHAMPS South program in May 2015. They are currently working their way towards Baby-Friendly Designation, and they produced a great video about their newborn service unit and their application of evidence-based practices. The hospital shared the video on their Facebook page on August 1st, 2017. It is a wonderful display of their achievements over the past couple of years!
In 2016 alone, WBAMC earned 3 awards/designations in regards to their breastfeeding practices. First, they became a Mother-Friendly Worksite, a designation for businesses that proactively support employees who choose to breastfeed their infants. Next, they won the prestigious 2016 IBCLC Care Award. The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® and the International Lactation Consultant Association® are the 2 organizations to present this award. To qualify, community health facilities or hospitals must staff a currently licensed International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and complete a documented, evidence-based project to support lactation within the past 2 years. And last, they earned the Texas Ten Steps Designation, a Texas-based program that provides resources and encourages the adoption of Baby-Friendly practices and designation.
Congratulations, WBAMC! We applaud your achievements and commitment to breastfeeding!