Awards and Accolades

Breastfeeding Friendly Hospital

In September 2014, Washington launched the "Healthiest Next Generation" Initiative, to help our state's children maintain a healthy weight, enjoy active lives and eat well by creating a healthy early learning setting in schools and communities.

From that, the Washington State Hospital Association and Department of Health created the Breastfeeding Friendly Hospital campaign in 2015 - a voluntary recognition program for hospitals implementing practices to support breastfeeding.

Providence Mount Carmel Hospital is the first hospital in Washington state to achieve Bronze, Silver and now Gold recognition for its dedication to support breastfeeding.

At birth, babies are placed skin-to-skin with their mothers, and with the direction and support from our Family Maternity nurses, typically begin breastfeeding within the first hour of life.

Mount Carmel Hospital averages 230 births per year. Care is provided in Stevens County by family practice physicians and obstetrical nurses. A lactation clinic is open in the hospital weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Consultations are provided by obstetrical nurses and board-certified lactation consultants.

Award winning care


Mount Carmel Hospital has established a long history of excellence in care, which is evident in the awards we've received including:

  • Top 20 Critical Access Hospital in America — National Rural Health Association (2016)
  • Top 100 Critical Access Hospital (i-Vantage Health Analytics) and “Healthstrong Top Hospital” (2013, 2014)
  • Providence Mount Carmel Hospital and Providence St. Joseph’s Hospitals were recognized for top quartile performance by the Washington State Hospital Association for efforts focused on the reduction of patient harm in ten key areas.
  • IBCLC Care Award. To qualify, hospitals must have a certified International Board Certified Lactation Consultant on staff (Mount Carmel has 3); a lactation support program available 5-7 days a week; complete a breastfeeding promotion project and breastfeeding training for staff within the last two years. Mount Carmel Hospital was one of only two hospitals in Washington state to receive the award in 2013.
  • Best Practice in Obstetrical Patient Care — Rural Health Quality Network (2012)
  • Best Practice in Publicly Reporting Quality of Care — Rural Health Quality Network (2012)
  • Excellence in clinical quality of care for Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care Improvement — The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (2012)