Georgetown Hospital System Recognized as Mother-Friendly Employer

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The Tidelands Health Newsroom

Published on November 12, 2010

Georgetown Hospital System Recognized as Mother-Friendly Employer

Friday, November 12, 2010

Georgetown, SC— Georgetown Hospital System has earned recognition as a Mother-Friendly Employer by the South Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition.

Georgetown Hospital System’s Human Resources and Community Health Education Departments created a joint effort to apply for grant funding from the SC Breastfeeding Coalition and Eat Smart Move More, SC to establish a lactation support program. The program provides GHS employees who are new moms with flexible break time to maintain lactation, education for them and other GHS employees, and lactation rooms at both Georgetown Memorial and Waccamaw Community Hospitals for moms who need to use a breast pump at work.  Breastfeeding is recognized by the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and many other groups as the gold standard of infant feeding due to multiple health benefits to mother and baby. This program can also positively impact healthcare facilities by lowering healthcare costs, enhancing productivity, and improving employee satisfaction. 

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