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Hillcrest Hospital Earns Baby-Friendly Designation

Facility is Only East Side Hospital to Receive Recognition

October 4, 2012

Cleveland Clinic’s Hillcrest Hospital has been designated a Baby-Friendly birth facility for its commitment to educating women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding, supporting optimal infant nutrition and promoting mother-baby bonding.

It is the first east side facility in Greater Cleveland and among 147 hospitals and birth centers nationwide to receive this recognition.

“With more than 3,000 birthing hospitals in the United States, Hillcrest Hospital can confidently stand among just 5 percent of its peers that have earned this honor,” said Tracy Park, RN, Manager of Lactation and Childbirth Education at Hillcrest Hospital. “It is wonderful to be in the company of facilities that are leading the way in how we care for our patients and communities.”

Hillcrest Hospital and Cleveland Clinic’s Lakewood Hospital are the only facilities in northern Ohio deemed “Baby-Friendly.”

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is an international program sponsored by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. It is a quality improvement, recognition and awards program that encourages and recognizes birthing facilities which successfully enact care practices to support optimal infant nutrition through breastfeeding and bonding. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1997.

To earn the Baby-Friendly award, birthing facilities must complete the 4-D Designation Pathway—which segments the four-step process into discovery, development, dissemination and designation phases—and demonstrate that employees have correctly implemented 10 specific steps to support successful breastfeeding. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the 10 steps as demonstrated by quality processes.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for a baby’s first six months.

Hillcrest Hospital provides personalized care for mothers and their babies with the goal of helping families through all the stages of preparing for a baby. Caregivers offer a wide array of classes to help understand how the birthing process works and how to care for a newborn.

About Hillcrest Hospital

Hillcrest Hospital, one of Cleveland Clinic’s eight community hospitals, is a full-service, 496-bed hospital that serves the medical needs of Mayfield Heights and the surrounding communities, including Lake, Geauga and Summit counties. Hillcrest Hospital completed a $163 million expansion and renovation project in November 2010 that includes state-of-the-art facilities with major infrastructure and technology improvements. Hillcrest offers comprehensive cardiovascular services including cardiothoracic surgery under the direction of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Services also include a full range of cancer care, including medical, radiation and GYN oncology provided by Cleveland Clinic staff. Hillcrest Hospital helps nearly 4,000 expectant families bring their babies into the world each year. The hospital features a pediatric emergency room and babies with special needs are cared for in the Level III NICU. Hillcrest Hospital also is a Level II Trauma Center.

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