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