Breastfeeding support honored
STEVENS POINT - The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the International Lactation Consultant Association has awarded Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital the IBCLC Care Award for their work in providing breastfeeding education and support.
The IBCLC Award is a global recognition program that honors maternity hospitals, birthing facilities and birthing services that hire and employ International Board Certified Lactation Consultants as part of their commitment to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
These facilities also have demonstrated they have provided training for their nursing, medical and other staff members that care for breastfeeding families, and have implemented special projects that promote, protect and support breastfeeding and the lactation consultant profession.
Lactation consultants are highly skilled professionals who support breastfeeding mothers and families from preconception to weaning through evidenced-based support and care. Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital has two International Board Certified lactation consultants: Lora Harris, RN, IBCLC; and Kara Mrozek, RN, IBCLC, in the Women and Infant Center. Harris was board certified in 2007, while Mrozek received her board certification in 2011.
In 2014 Alicia Wojtalewicz, RN, completed training to become a certified lactation counselor in the OB/GYN department at Ministry Medical Group, giving new moms three options for breastfeeding consultations and assistance at the Ministry Health Care 900 Illinois Ave. campus.
Harris, Mrozek and Wojtalewicz are active in supporting the efforts of the Portage County Breastfeeding Coalition, which promotes and supports breastfeeding. The coalition began in 2008 and is operated with the help of local professionals and community members.
Emeritus Senior Living announces merger
STEVENS POINT - Emeritus Senior Living, the parent company of Emeritus at Oakridge in Stevens Point, has announced a merger with Brookdale Senior Living that is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2014.
According to a news release, the merger is not expected to have direct impact on daily operations at Emeritus at Oakridge, located at 5625 Sandpiper Drive. However, it sets the stage for its residents to have access to a greater range of services because of the larger scale and expanded innovation of the new parent organization.
"Our services and workforce will remain in place, meaning our residents will continue to receive the same excellent care from the same wonderful staff," said Marcia McDonald, executive director of Emeritus at Oakridge. "A major benefit in bringing together the industry's leading providers of senior living solutions is greater overall capacity and more resources to evolve and expand services for residents and their families."
The combination of Emeritus Senior Living and Brookdale Senior Living will operate as Brookdale and Emeritus at Oakridge's name will eventually be changed to reflect it. The newly expanded organization will have more than 1,100 senior living communities in 46 states, including the nation's 30 largest metropolitan areas. It will be able to serve over 112,000 seniors and their families with a workforce of more than 80,000 associates.
Brookdale's scope of services will include independent living, assisted living, dementia care, skilled nursing, home health, hospice, therapies, short-term rehabilitation, long-term care and private-duty home care. The company also plans to create comprehensive post-hospitalization care services.