This week’s CHAMPion of the Week is Susan E. Andrews, BBA, MBA, President and CEO of CHAMPS hospital Touro Infirmary Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. Susan was nominated for her outstanding support of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) at Touro, which has been making great strides in their Baby-Friendly journey. In Fall of 2016, Touro received “The Gift” designation, an award given by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Bureau of Family Health to hospitals that successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
Susan shares, “Touro is known as the hospital ‘where babies come from.’ As the largest birthing hospital in New Orleans and the second largest delivering hospital in the state of Louisiana, it is important to provide our mothers and babies with evidence-based care. The BFHI is not only a breastfeeding initiative. It encompasses all aspects of maternal and newborn care that will help us reach the goals and objectives of Healthy People 2020.”
Women’s Services and the Family Birthing Center are main service lines at Touro. Since Susan started working for Touro in July 2015, she has played a hands-on role supporting staff with the changes needed to implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, such as skin-to-skin and rooming-in. Her support stems from an understanding in the “importance of breastfeeding to both the mother and the baby” and her desire for Touro to “serve as a leader in breastfeeding education and support.”
Susan is an accomplished senior health care executive with more than 30 years of experience. She has
extensive experience managing hospitals and health care operations in a variety of capacities, including president and chief executive officer, and chief operating officer. In addition to her CEO role at Touro, she has served in leadership positions at Valley Regional Medical Center, Corpus Christi Medical Center, and Tulane University and Hospital. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in marketing from Corpus Christi State University and received a master of business administration from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.
Congratulations, Susan! To have a hospital President and CEO embrace the BFHI makes a world of difference!
CHEER Champion of the week
Each Monday (besides public holidays), we will recognize a CHEER Champion for all the work they have done for CHEER (Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research)/CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices).