The Medical Center of Southeast Texas announced Feb. 6 that it has taken a giant step toward improving the health of newborns and infants in Southeast Texas. The Medical Center of Southeast Texas Port Arthur Hospital has earned the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. In honor of this accomplishment, the hospital is hosting a celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The celebration will take place on the Women’s Services Unit (2nd Floor). Refreshments will be served.
The Medical Center of Southeast Texas joins a growing number of Texas birth facilities that are helping to create a culture of breastfeeding support for new mothers and families. Notable improvements include:
Established monthly breastfeeding support groups, including the only Spanish speaking breastfeeding class in Southeast Texas;
Established a M.O.M.S. (Moms Offering Moms Support) Group;
Staffed by International board-certified lactation consultants, certified breastfeeding counselors and certified lactation counselors; and
Implemented system-wide breastfeeding policies that focus on helping mothers maintain exclusive breastfeeding.
“Our dedicated staff worked hard to earn the Texas Ten Step designation and I am proud of their efforts to reach this important milestone,” said Dr. Sarah Humme, Chief Nursing Officer for The Medical Center of Southeast Texas. “We are committed to putting the health and well-being of our newest Texans at the forefront of our care and support the growing number of women in our state who are choosing to breastfeed.”
For more information on the Texas Ten Step program, visit www.texastenstep.org.
About The Medical Center of Southeast Texas
The Medical Center of Southeast Texas is a provider of leading-edge, quality healthcare services in a family-friendly environment. With two hospital locations serving the Southeast Texas region, we are never far from home. The full service hospital in Port Arthur, Texas is a 204 bed acute care facility that has earned numerous distinctions for quality including accreditations for Chest Pain, Stroke, Emergency, Neonatal Intensive Care and Orthopedics. Just down the road, conveniently located in the west end of Beaumont, The Medical Center of Southeast Texas Beaumont Campus is dedicated to providing leading-edge and exceptional emergency, surgical and diagnostic services to the Southeast Texas community. The Medical Center of Southeast Texas is a physician-owned hospital that brings world-class medical expertise and compassion to the care of every patient.
About Steward Health Care System
Steward Health Care is the nation’s largest private, tax-paying physician-led health care network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Steward operates 37 hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 42,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company’s managed care and health insurance services.
The Steward Health Care Network includes 5,000 physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company’s employed physician group, provides more than 6 million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah.