December marks one year anniversary
Eau Claire, Wis. – HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is celebrating one year of success for the Maternity onto Motherhood (MOM) program, and the operation of western Wisconsin’s first breast milk depot and dispensary.
In the first year, the MOM program has assisted nearly 60 percent of all families who delivered a baby at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. The program helps families navigate the physical, emotional and lifestyle changes that come with parenthood from conception to baby’s first birthday. Together, the care team and baby’s family design and individualize each birth journey to ensure the safest and highest quality of care. This includes prenatal care coordination, delivery planning, proper car seat installation, lactation consultation, scheduling appointments, finding community resources and lending a friendly ear to those who want to talk through family related topics.
“It is so rewarding to see families benefitting from the MOM program,” said Maria Green, Women and Infants Center director. “Our MOM coordinators are like personal assistants to families. We’re so thankful to share our expertise in the hope it gives families valuable support and information.”
December also marks one year since the breast milk depot and dispensary opened at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, which is the only hospital in western Wisconsin to provide both services in one convenient location.
In partnership with Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, based in Elk Grove, Illinois, the program has provided 500 gallons of donated, pasteurized milk to babies in the Chippewa Valley area over the past year.
The depot and dispensary serves three purposes:
- To have pasteurized donor breast milk readily available to infants hospitalized at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
- To have pasteurized donor breast milk available to the public for purchase
- To serve as a site for women to donate breast milk
Green anticipates the breast milk depot and dispensary, and the MOM program to continue growing as more community members learn about the services.
About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states - Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.