St. Catherine Hospital Earns Gold Level Breastfeeding Support Award

(GARDEN CITY, KAS.) St. Catherine Hospital has received the Gold Level "Breastfeeding Employees Support Award" from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and its Business Case for Breastfeeding program.

The award is based on proven and established standards to benefit employers and employees. It recognizes businesses that provide support services to their breastfeeding employees, to include education as well as the time and space for employees to nurse and/or pump breastmilk at their workplace. This award is just one example of the work and dedication associates of St. Catherine Hospital have shown toward breastfeeding initiatives.

According to Brenda Bandy, director of the Business Case for Breastfeeding program in Kansas, "St. Catherine Hospital received this award for achieving a high level of support to their employees as outlined in the Coalition's criteria." International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for St. Catherine Hospital, Janet Colson added, "This is an important step towards supporting mothers in the workplace. St. Catherine Hospital encourages its employees with this policy, a comfortable pumping room and flexible times to express milk."

Pointing out that many breastfeeding mothers abandon breastfeeding when they return to work because they lack the support and appropriate facilities at their place of employment, Bandy said, "We want to help change that unfortunate situation. She cited research showing that adequate support for breastfeeding employee's benefits businesses through savings in health care expenses, reduced turnover rates, lower absenteeism, and increased employee loyalty. Employers that have established support services for breastfeeding employees have reported a $3 for $1 return on investment plus realizing a more productive working environment.

"As the leading provider of maternal/child care in western Kansas, St. Catherine Hospital recognizes the benefits of supporting our breastfeeding employees," said hospital President and CEO, Scott Taylor. "We encourage other employers to do their part in making a mothers return to work while breastfeeding easier."

Businesses that provide support services for their breastfeeding employees can be considered for a "Breastfeeding Employees Support Award" at the bronze, silver and gold levels. Applications can be found here.

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About Business Case for Breastfeeding and the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

The Business Case for Breastfeeding is a program to assist employers in developing or enhancing support services for their breastfeeding employees. The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is a non-profit 501(c) 3 with the mission of working collaboratively to promote and protect breastfeeding in order to improve the health of Kansas families.

About St. Catherine Hospital

St. Catherine Hospital was founded by two pioneering physicians and the Dominican Sisters in 1931 and is a Joint Commission-accredited, award winning regional health care center that provides a full-range of medical specialties in southwest Kansas. Exceptional care, extraordinary people - it's what makes the St. Catherine Hospital difference. For more information, please visit www.stcatherinehosp.org.

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