Tyler hospital honored as 2010 Texas Ten Step Facility

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Released by John Moore with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics:

TYLER, TX - Mother Frances Hospital at Tyler has been designated as a 2010 Texas Ten Step Facility by the Department of State Health Services and the Texas Hospital Association. This annual designation is awarded to birthing facilities that provide optimal care to improve breastfeeding outcomes. Mother Frances also received the designation in 2009.

"We have worked very hard to earn the Texas Ten Step designation," said Beth Collins, director, Mother Frances Hospital Lactation Center. "We are proud to be a member of these select Texas facilities that promote the healthiest outcomes for our newest Texans. Mother Frances Hospital is providing an environment that creates positive outcomes for breastfeeding families."

The Texas Medical Association officially endorsed the Texas Ten Step Program in 2009 to encourage hospitals to create an environment that supports the breastfeeding mother. Health professionals agree that breastfeeding is the first step toward a healthy life.

Mother Frances Hospital has implemented 10 goals or "steps," to support mothers who intend to breastfeed their infants before, during, and after delivery. These practices will help the facility meet Texas Breastfeeding Initiative's goal of having 75 percent of mothers exclusively breastfeeding when they go home with their newborn. This is an essential step toward longer durations of exclusive breastfeeding after discharge.

Among the goals that a facility must maintain to acquire the Texas Ten Step designation are training staff within the first six months of employment and offering annual updates. Staff provides the mother with resources to get continued care after discharge as well. The information provided allows staff to give mothers the care that they need in order to succeed in breastfeeding.

For more information on the Texas Ten Step Program, visit http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/wichd/lactate/TXfact.shtm.

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics:

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 250 physicians and mid-level providers representing 37 specialties in 34 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit www.tmfhs.org.