WCCH Achieves Louisiana's Highest Breastfeeding Quality Designation
West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) proudly announces earning Louisiana’s primary breastfeeding designation given by The Gift. The Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health – Bureau of Family Health awards The Gift designation statewide to Louisiana birthing facilities who improve hospital practices and policies that are aligned with the evidence-based, internationally recognized Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding of the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Policy development, education of staff, patient education and provision of discharge resources for breastfeeding mothers are key components of the program.
“We are thrilled to join the family of top-tier maternity facilities in the state in receiving The Gift designation,” said Janie Fruge’, chief executive officer of WCCH. “This achievement demonstrates our team’s commitment to offering quality, patient-centered care and highlights improvements our hospital has made specifically to help produce better outcomes for all mothers and infants, as well as assure that we are fully supporting mothers who choose to breastfeed.”
The Gift is an evidence-based designation program for Louisiana birthing facilities designed to increase breastfeeding rates and hospital success by improving the quality of maternity services and enhancing patient-centered care. The Gift designation gives WCCH a better opportunity to achieve further certifications and accreditations, as well as meet national and international quality measures and standards of care. To learn more about The Gift designation, please visit thegiftla.org.