|CTMC Director of Women’s Services Margie Lieck cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of CTMC’s Honeysuckle Mommy Baby Boutique. Also pictured: (L to R) Riley Talviste, CTMC Administrative Director of PR/Marketing Clay DeStefano, Ava Pastrano, CTMC Foundation Coordinator Jerilyn Miller, CTMC Clinical Nurse Manager Mindy Yuchinski, CTMC Women’s Services Clinical Coordinator/Perinatal Educator Gloria Aning. |
Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) held a grand opening event for the Honeysuckle Mommy Baby Boutique on May 13. The store is located inside the CTMC Women’s Center and features lactation supplies and consultation as well as custom, hand-made gifts and merchandise. The opening of Honeysuckle represents another important step in CTMC’s growing focus on breastfeeding initiatives.
In 2011, CTMC partnered with the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin to become the only Certified Milk Depot in Hays County and has since collected thousands of ounces of breast milk for infants in need. In 2012, CTMC was certified by the state of Texas as a Mother Friendly Worksite for its commitment to accommodate employees who are breastfeeding. The hospital also earned the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services last year. The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants.
Additionally in 2012, CTMC partnered with the City of San Marcos for a proclamation to observe National Breastfeeding Month locally, which is celebrated in August.
“Currently, 85 percent of our moms are breastfeeding when they go home with their babies,” said CTMC Director of Women’s Services Margie Lieck. “Honeysuckle provides a more convenient way for breastfeeding mothers to access lactation supplies and services. Lactation consultation will be provided through the store seven days a week.”
Tours of the CTMC Women’s Center, as well as more information about CTMC’s breastfeeding services, will be available at the fourth annual BabyFest event, which will take place in the CTMC Main Lobby on July 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. Keep checking www.ctmc.org as the details unfold. About CTMC
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.
In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits. ###