Capital Region named Show-Me 5 hospital

Capital Region Medical Center (CRMC) was designated a Missouri Show-Me 5 hospital in a ceremony this week at the Jefferson City hospital.

The certification is through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and requires hospitals to carry out five practices regarding newborn breast-feeding and newborn care. Once hospitals meet the five criteria, they can apply for the certification.

“This shows the hard work over the years for better care of babies and moms,” said Amy Berendzen, director of marketing and public relations at CRMC.

The five practices include helping mothers initiate breast-feeding within the first hour of birth; practicing rooming-in, which is allowing infants to stay in the same room as their mothers; not giving infants food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated; not giving pacifiers or artificial nipples to breast-feeding infants; and fostering the establishment of breast-feeding support groups and referring mothers to them on discharge.

Berendzen said CRMC is the only hospital in Mid-Missouri to receive this designation.

St. Mary’s Health Center (SMHC) has been working on achieving the five criteria, but has not yet submitted an application.

“We were not able to submit the application last fall due to all priorities focusing on our transition to the electronic medical record,” said Rebecca Schwaller, childbirth education coordinator and lactation consultant for SMHC.

Berendzen said now that CRMC has been deemed a Missouri Show-Me 5 hospital, its goal is to become a baby-friendly one.

“There’s still steps to take in the process,” she said. “We haven’t achieved some yet.”

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