Press Release

Good Sam Recognized with Breastfeeding Excellence Award

July 5th, 2019

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center for excellence in lactation care.

Good Samaritan has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families. In addition, the facility demonstrated that it has recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

Roberto Issler, IBCLC Chair of the Board of IBLCE, recently stated, “Agencies that are awarded the IBCLC Care Award have dedicated their efforts to promote and provide a lactation program that makes expert assistance available when the breastfeeding family needs it. This is achieved through encouraging and informing breastfeeding families about the benefits and management of breastfeeding as well as training health care professionals to assist families achieve their breastfeeding goals.”

IBCLCs focus on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping families overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and continuing to support them as their baby grows. They assist families returning to work or school, help families in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby or nursing a sick or premature infant, and help train nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care.

For more information about the IBCLC Care Award programme, contact IBLCE at award@iblce.org.   

 

About Good Samaritan

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Located in West Islip, Good Samaritan is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital. The Medical Center has more than 3,400 employees and 900 physicians on staff. In 2018 there were approximately 26,000 patient admissions and 90,000 emergency department visits. For more information, please visit the website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.

Contact:

Timothy Kelchner, Public Relations Manager

631-376-4483

 

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