Congratulations to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi (BMH-NM), the first hospital in Mississippi to enter the 4-D pathway to become Baby-Friendly since enrolling with CHAMPS! BMH-NM enrolled in CHAMPS in August 2015 and officially launched the process to become Baby-Friendly in September 2015. CHAMPS interviewed Dr. Tanya Fitts, MD, a private pediatrician and Chair of Pediatrics at BMH-NM, who filled us in on the steps involved in the decision to begin this journey.
Two years ago, BMH-NM’s progressive CEO, Bill Henning, set a goal to advance the hospital’s maternal practices and community involvement. About one year ago, the hospital’s pediatricians, who are very supportive of breastfeeding, began discussing the Baby-Friendly steps. Then the hospital enrolled in CHAMPS, which, Dr. Fitts says, “was a deciding factor in entering the 4-D pathway.” CHAMPS encouraged them to begin the process to become Baby-Friendly designated by the end of 2017. CHAMPS is also helping them to train their leaders and staff via trainings at area hospitals and to develop a task force.
Dr. Tanya Fitts, along with administrative, nursing, and quality partners at BMH-NM, were key players behind the decision to become Baby-Friendly. Pictured from front left: Dr. Tanya Fitts - Pediatrics, Melinda Lipe - Lactation, Becky Moorehead - Women's Head Nurse, and CNO Mark Ottens. From back left: CEO Bill Henning, Marci McCoy Quality, Pauline McCullar - Women's Manager, Leigh Felty - Nursing Director, and Betty Tolbert - Quality Director
BMH-NM has an average of 907 births per year and a level II neonatal intensive care unit. Their “educated, university-oriented community,” says Dr. Fitts, “is becoming more health conscious and wants the latest in maternity practices and promotion of breastfeeding.”
CHAMPS is pleased to report that since September 2015, the following Mississippi CHAMPS hospitals have also entered the 4-D pathway: Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle and North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo. Two Mississippi hospitals, University of Mississippi Medical Center and Woman's Hospital, had already entered the 4-D Pathway upon enrolling in CHAMPS. Way to go, Mississippi!
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