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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Reports High Marks on Survey

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released results from its first national assessment of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care, known as the mPINC survey, in which Charles Cole Memorial Hospital exceeded scores among the state, national, and centers of comparable size. The Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation conducted the survey for the CDC between August and December 2007.

The survey reported that CCMH’s composite quality practice score was 54 whereas the national score was 27 and state and centers of comparable size scores were each 34.

“We have an excellent nursing staff on our maternity unit and strive to maintain up-to-date training and education in ‘best practices’ for our breastfeeding mothers,” Judy Zeigler RN, OB nurse manager at CCMH, said.

CCMH reported 265 births in 2007 and was one of 2,690 birth facilities who completed the survey which detailed the hospital’s breastfeeding-related maternity care practices and policies. Scores were tallied in seven categories: labor and delivery, postpartum breastfeeding assistance, postpartum contact between mother and infant, postpartum feeding of breastfed infants, breastfeeding support upon discharge, staff breastfeeding training and education, and structural and organizational factors related to breastfeeding.

CCMH’s pediatric staff is proud of the survey results and plans to continue counseling expectant mothers on the benefits of breastfeeding. Drs. Ekta Khanna, Mary Ann Rigas, and Marlene Wust-Smith also encourage mothers-to-be to meet their pediatrician prior to the baby’s birth to set a foundation for educated and healthy families.

For more information, expectant mothers can call 814/274-9198 or 642-7205.

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