Richmond, Va. (May 25, 2017) — HCA Virginia's Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals have received the Virginia Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation from the Virginia Department of Health.
Chippenham and Johnston-Willis were designated with two stars for their efforts in implementing policies and practices that support a breastfeeding-friendly environment for patients. The designation is based on the World Health Organization's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. These steps support initiation, exclusivity and continuation of breastfeeding.
"We are proud to join the Department of Health in its efforts to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in Virginia," said Sandy Aderholt, chief nursing officer of Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals. "Our efforts are focused on evidence-based practices that we hope will increase breastfeeding and ensure a healthy breastfeeding experience for our moms and babies."
Participating facilities in Virginia earn a star for every two steps implemented from the "Ten Steps." The Virginia Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation is valid for a period of three years. Facilities that implement additional steps may re-apply for a higher star level at any time. This initiative promotes a continuum of quality improvement and is endorsed by the Virginia Breastfeeding Task Force, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, the Virginia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Safe Kids Virginia.
In January 2011, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin released "The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding," which included the Health Care Action Step to "ensure that maternity care practices throughout the United States are fully supportive of breastfeeding." (Insert Facility Name) is committed to improving the care of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens.
About HCA Virginia
As the commonwealth's most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals and 30 outpatient centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia's largest employers, provides $365 million in uncompensated care and pays $72 million in state and local taxes each year. In Richmond, HCA Virginia includes 6 imaging centers, 6 outpatient surgery centers, three freestanding emergency rooms, and 7 hospitals – Chippenham, Henrico Doctors', John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors', Retreat Doctors' and Spotsylvania Regional.