Tuality Community Hospital, an OHSU partner, has been designated a Baby-Friendly birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA. 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 entire Family Birth Unit staff worked incredibly hard to ensure processes were in place to earn this important designation,” said Manny Berman, president and CEO of Tuality Healthcare. “Being a Baby-Friendly hospital means that we are able to give new mothers the tools they need to provide the very best start for their newborns.”
The “Baby-Friendly” designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the actions outlined in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as demonstrated by quality processes.
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
About Tuality Healthcare
Tuality Healthcare, an OHSU partner, is a leading health care provider in Washington County, serving a market area of 350,000 and growing. Tuality is a nonprofit, community-based organization with hospitals in Hillsboro and Forest Grove, and numerous physician and outpatient clinics. Tuality is part of OHSU Partners, a growing group of Oregon hospitals striving to build a statewide system of hospitals to deliver state of the art care. Tuality has a medical staff of 300 doctors and other health care professionals, and is one of the region’s largest employers with a staff of over 1,200. Tuality also provides free and low-cost health classes and support groups for the community through the Tuality Health Education Center.