Medical Center of McKinney has been designated as a 2011 Texas Ten Step Facility by the Department of State Health Services and the Texas Hospital Association. This annual designation is awarded to birthing facilities that provide evidence based care to improve breastfeeding outcomes.
“We have worked very hard to earn the Texas Ten Step designation,” said Ernest C. Lynch, III, President and CEO of Medical Center of McKinney. “And we are proud to be a member of these select Texas facilities that promote healthy outcomes for our newest Texans.”
The Texas Medical Association officially endorsed the Texas Ten Step Program in 2009 to encourage hospitals to create an environment that supports the breastfeeding mother. Health professionals agree that breastfeeding is the first step toward a healthy life. Medical Center of McKinney is providing an environment that creates positive outcomes for breastfeeding families.
Medical Center of McKinney has implemented policies to support new mothers before, during, and after delivery. These practices will help the facility increase the percent of mothers who reach their breastfeeding goals, and are an essential step toward meeting the Healthy People 2020 Breastfeeding Objectives.
Among the policies that a facility must maintain to acquire the Texas Ten Step designation are having trained staff available to assist breastfeeding mothers, keeping mom and baby together during the hospital stay, and providing resources for continued care after discharge.
For more information on the Texas Ten Step Program visit the Texas Ten Step web site at www.texastenstep.org.