Methodist Dallas, Methodist Charlton, and Methodist Mansfield Medical Centers Receive 2012 Texas Ten Step Designation 4 Years in a Row

Dallas, Texas - Methodist Dallas, Methodist Charlton and Methodist Mansfield medical centers have once again been designated as 2012 Texas Ten Step facilities by the Department of State Health Services and the Texas Hospital Association. This marks the fourth consecutive year the hospitals have achieved this annual designation that is awarded to birthing facilities providing optimal care for improving breastfeeding outcomes.

“We are extremely proud of our women’s services staff, nurses and physicians for sustaining this achievement for fourth consecutive years,” Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pamela Stoyanoff says “We encourage and support an environment that supports breastfeeding and the healthiest outcomes for newborns.”

The Texas Medical Association officially endorsed the Texas Ten Step Program in 2009 to encourage facilities to create an environment that supports the breastfeeding mother. Health professionals agree that breastfeeding is the first step toward a healthy life.

Methodist Dallas, Methodist Charlton and Methodist Mansfield have implemented 10 goals or “steps,” to support mothers who intend to breastfeed their infants after delivery. These practices help the hospital meet Texas Breastfeeding Initiative’s goal of having 75 percent of mothers exclusively breastfeeding when they go home with their newborn. This is an essential step toward longer durations of exclusive breastfeeding after discharge from the hospital.

Among the goals that a hospital must maintain to acquire the Texas Ten Step designation are training staff within the first six months of employment and offering annual updates. Staff provides the mother with resources to receive continued care after hospital discharge as well. The information provided allows staff to provide mothers the care that they need in order to succeed in breastfeeding.

Even though breast feeding is one of nature’s most natural acts, breast feeding a new baby is not always easy. Methodist Dallas, Methodist Charlton and Methodist Mansfield offer help, support, and guidance about nursing and lactation services through prenatal education classes. Additional information is available to moms and their families at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/women.

Note to Editors: Photo available at http://www.methodisthealthsystem.org/TexasTenStep2012.

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About Methodist Health System

Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas.  Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org. To see why Methodist Health System is a brilliant choice for your career, join our talent community at Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org and connect with us through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our blog.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any of its affiliated hospitals.

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