NICU at Baptist Medical Center South earns $5,000 in breastfeeding supplies from national company
January 8, 2013 | Jacksonville
Baptist Medical Center South was one of six U.S. hospitals chosen by Medela to receive a donation of breastfeeding support products for its Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The Level II NICU is a Wolfson Children’s Hospital service.
Medela awarded $30,000 in donations ($5,000 to each hospital) as part of its Virtual Human Milk (breast milk) Collection campaign in honor of the 500,000 families affected by premature births every year.
“We are grateful for the donation and this award demonstrates our commitment to providing all of the tools and support needed for mothers looking to breastfeed their premature babies,” said Natalie Taylor, RN, MSN, director of Newborn Critical Care for Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
Medela asked for people to nominate their favorite NICU and online voting was held on the Medela website. The NICU located at Baptist South earned the most votes in the Southeast region to win the donated products. The NICU at Baptist South is a Wolfson Children’s Hospital service. Wolfson Children’s is the region’s only children’s hospital, primarily serving North Florida and South Georgia.
“Breast milk is so critical for premature babies. It is nature’s medicine, protecting vulnerable babies from serious complications and infections during and after their hospital stay,” said Carolin Archibald, president of Medela. “With this campaign, we wanted to raise awareness of the importance of breast milk and to support mothers and healthcare professionals who are providing milk to babies in the NICU.”
Baptist Health delivers more babies in North Florida than any other health care provider. Lactation consultants are available for all mothers in Baptists Health maternity suites.