Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that Texas Health Huguley is in the top 15% of 3,005 U.S. hospitals for patient safety. Read more...
The Texas Ten Step (TTS) Program for Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers was developed by the Texas Department of State Health Services in collaboration with The Texas Hospital Association in 1999. It is designed to help hospitals and birthing centers support mothers in breastfeeding before, during and after delivery.
The goal of the program is to have 82% of all infants exclusively breastfeeding at discharge. The TTS designation is awarded to facilities that have addressed 85% of the WHO/UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and also must be designated as Texas Mother-Friendly Worksites.
The Texas Medical Association endorses the TTS program as a method to improve maternity care practices surrounding breastfeeding and the program is a springboard to becoming a Baby Friendly facility. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, (BFHI) is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding.
The Women’s Center at Texas Health Huguley was recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a silver level leader for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. Only a few hospitals in Texas are certified as safe sleep hospitals for newborns.
Women’s Center staff are trained on the importance of safe sleep for newborns, and the staff models and educates new parents on safe sleep practices. For example, newborns use wearable blankets so there is no loose bedding in the crib.
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. In addition to being Cribs for Kids® partners, Texas Health Huguley was recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and providing training programs for parents and staff.