August 8, 2018, Topeka, Kan. - The University of Kansas Health System-St. Francis Campus is pleased to announce we have received prestigious international recognition as a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility.
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus was the fifth hospital in Kansas and the only one in our area to achieve this designation.
“Staff from our New Life Center in the hospital and our Women’s Center OB/GYN group were instrumental in achieving this designation,” said Lisa Alexander, Chief Nursing Officer for The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus. “The criteria requirements to achieve Baby-Friendly designation and our culture of personalized, mom and baby-centered care are a perfect match.”
About The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus
The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus is proud to be a part of a long legacy of high-quality, compassionate care. St. Francis Hospital began serving its community in 1909 as the mission of a group of Catholic nuns who rose up to meet a need. Today, St. Francis Campus has 378 licensed in-patient beds, 14 primary and specialty care clinic locations, and a history of technological advancements, dedicated staff, and a generous and supportive community.