At the Hospitals: DHMC Gets Baby-Friendly Designation

Sunday, December 17, 2017
DHMC Gets Baby-Friendly Designation

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has been re-designated a baby-friendly birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA, an international organization behind a global initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund to promote a high level of care for newborns and nursing mothers.

The baby-friendly re-designation is given after an on-site survey and is maintained by continued adherence to policies that encourage breastfeeding.

DHMC’s baby-friendly initiative promotes policies associated with successful breastfeeding, including providing mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to nurse their babies.

“DHMC protects, promotes and supports new parents through evidence-based breastfeeding policies, parent education on safe formula preparation when needed, and educated maternity staff that provide comprehensive breastfeeding support,” Lisa Lamadriz, clinical nurse and lactation coordinator at the hospital, said in a news release.

DHMC’s team of lactation consultants provide breastfeeding management and support for those mothers who experience complex breastfeeding challenges during their inpatient stay, as well as after discharge from the hospital, Lamadriz said.

Dr. Maria Padin, chief medical officer at DHMC, said the program also helps recruit health care providers to the hospital. “Nurses like working in baby-friendly hospitals,” Padin said in the release.

APD Names New Chief Nursing Officer

Lebanon — Jean Ten Haken, of Grantham, will become the chief nursing officer at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in January.

“The hospital’s commitment to the Upper Valley community and to highly personalized patient care mirrors what I value most as a health care leader,” Ten Haken said in a news release.

Ten Haken most recently served as chief operating officer at the Elliot Health System in Manchester, where she also served as vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. Prior to joining Elliot, Ten Haken was vice president of acute care nursing at Concord Hospital. She began her management career at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, where she ultimately became director of intermediate cardiac care and cardiovascular critical care units.

Ten Haken earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama.

— Compiled by Kelly Burch