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St. David’s HealthCare Hospitals Designated as 2014 Texas Ten Step Facilities

4/28/2014 12:00:00 AM

This designation is awarded to birthing facilities that provide optimal care to improve breastfeeding outcomes and the health of newborns and infants.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Department of State Health Services and the Texas Hospital Association recognized St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas (located at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center), St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, St. David’s Medical Center and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital as 2014 Texas Ten Step Program facilities. This designation is awarded to birthing facilities that provide optimal care to improve breastfeeding outcomes and the health of newborns and infants.

The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants. This designation signifies that these St. David’s HealthCare facilities are providing an environment that supports new mothers and their decision to breastfeed.

Based on the World Health Organization and UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the program is designed to assist a birthing facility’s support of breastfeeding mothers before, during and after delivery; encourage hospitals to identify breastfeeding resources for mothers after they are discharged; and assist facilities in improving upon national performance measures such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Breastfeeding Report Card. The goal of the Texas Ten Step Program is to have 82 percent of infants exclusively breastfeeding when discharged.

To be identified as a Texas Ten Step facility, hospitals must:

  • Address 85 percent of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding;
  • Be designated as a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite;
  • Evaluate their breastfeeding policies and maternity care practices;
  • And routinely educate all healthcare staff with evidence-based courses.

The Texas Medical Association officially endorsed the Texas Ten Step Program in 2009 to encourage hospitals to create an environment that supports breastfeeding mothers.

For more information about the Texas Ten Step Program, call Veronica Hendrix, program coordinator, at (512) 341-4592 or visit

St. David’s HealthCare
With more than 90 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. Known for compassionate, high-quality care, the organization has been recognized with the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Texas based upon world-class quality measures. In 2014, two of the system’s facilities—St. David’s Medical Center and St. David’s North Austin Medical Center—were named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. St. David’s HealthCare was also recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters in 2012. Additionally, St. David’s Medical Center—which includes Heart Hospital of Austin—was named a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital for 2013. Perennially ranked as the top Austin-area employer among large companies by the Austin Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” survey, St. David’s HealthCare is the fourth-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 8,100 employees. For more information, please visit

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