Memorial Hospital Opens New “Milk Depot”

Local hospital will now accept human milk donations for The Milk Bank

Milk bankJasper,  IN– Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper is partnering with The Milk Bank of Indiana to open a new milk depot locally.

This milk collection site is the first in Dubois County and provides a convenient drop-off for women to donate their extra breast milk for processing at The Milk Bank.

Once processed, the milk is delivered to fragile infants in hospital neonatal intensive care units. The two organizations will celebrate with a grand opening 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 22. The public is invited.

The Memorial Hospital milk depot joins 26 other milk depots in Indiana.  A milk depot is an accessible place for women to drop off their milk before it is shipped to The Milk Bank for pasteurization and distribution.  Milk depots make the formal donating process more convenient.

“The milk bank hopes to continue forging partnerships with organizations throughout the Midwest to make the process of human milk donation easier for donor moms and families, while also helping to support breastfeeding in local communities,” stated Janice O’Rourke, Executive Director of The Milk Bank.

Patty Scherle, Director of Women and Infant Services at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center states, “We are very excited to collaborate with The Milk Bank to provide a depot for the community and surrounding area.  Being a collection point will allow easy access for generous women who donate their milk.  Together we can make a difference for those premature infants to help provide a healthier life.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, human milk is the standard food for all infants including premature and sick infants. Human milk provides optimal nutrition and unique health benefits that last beyond infancy.

Mothers who are interested in donating milk can call to set up a phone consultation with The Milk Bank’s donor mother coordinator.

Individuals will be asked to complete a written questionnaire and have blood drawn at a Memorial Hospital lab, all at The Milk Bank’s expense.

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper is located at 800 West 9th  St, Jasper IN, 47546.

The Milk Bank is a community-supported, not-for-profit organization that launched in 2005. The Milk Bank believes that human milk is best for all babies, and through the generosity of mothers, careful screening, and processing, provides human milk to fragile premature babies in neonatal/newborn intensive care units.

The Milk Bank is a proud member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. For more information regarding The Milk Bank’s mission, core programs and donation opportunities, visit themilkbank.org or call (317) 536-1670.

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center offers a comprehensive range of acute medical services in a 143-bed facility located on Ninth Street in Jasper.

As a regional health center with over 100 active staff physicians and over 1,700 employees, Memorial Hospital serves Dubois and surrounding counties in southern Indiana.

Under the sponsorship of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, the hospital annually provides care for over 6,500 inpatients and approximately 250,000 outpatients.

The hospital received national recognition recently including the Five-Star Rating in Overall Hospital Quality from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2016 Blue Distinction(r) Center+ for Maternity Care Designation, International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners Care Award(r), 2017 HealthGrades(r) Five-Star Recipient for Joint Replacement, Treatment of Sepsis, Gallbladder Surgery, Total Knee Replacement, and Treatment of a Heart Attack.

In addition, Memorial Hospital also received the Top 10% in the Nation for Patient Satisfaction in Overall Medical Care, Overall Hospital Care, and Overall Surgical Care from CareChex(r).

For more information, visit mhhcc.org or call (812)996-2352.

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