Vermont Business Magazine Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) recently held a public ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch its new private nursing suite designed for breastfeeding or pumping by nursing mothers. The event, held in the Primary Care Clinic off the Main Lobby of Mt. Ascutney Hospital, introduced the Hospital staff and general public to the lactation pod, constructed by leading nursing suite manufacturer Mamava of Burlington, VT. The brightly decorated nursing suite provides a comfortable, friendly, private space for mothers and babies, with occupancy-activated lighting, two benches, a fold-down table, power outlet and USB port, plus ceiling vents and an exhaust fan for comfort.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was introduced by Mt. Ascutney Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer, Paul Calandrella, who welcomed attendees and thanked the Mt. Ascutney Hospital Auxiliary and the Medical Staff group for the necessary funding to purchase the unit. Calandrella noted, “This nursing suite is operational today due to the combined efforts of many people, from our Medical Staff contribution to our allies in the Auxiliary who helped raise the capital to make the purchase possible. Thanks also to our Wellness and Facilities team and other folks around the Hospital who teamed up to make this available.”
The event also included remarks from Sandi Dion, MAHHC’s Wellness Manager; Karen Hill, President of the Mt. Ascutney Hospital Auxiliary; Maggie Moore, Mt. Ascutney Hospital’s Medical Staff Vice President, and Beth Sengle, Major Accounts Executive with Mamava, Inc.
“Here at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, we want to support breastfeeding by making it as comfortable and convenient as possible for mothers who choose to breastfeed," said Dion. "Our new Mamava Nursing Suite gives moms and babies a private space for nursing and pumping, away from everything else in a cozy, soothing environment.”
The Mamava nursing suite is now available for use by patients, visitors, and MAHHC staff.
About Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
Founded in 1933, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is a not-for-profit community hospital network in Vermont including the critical access-designated Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Historic Homes of Runnemede, a senior residential care campus, in Windsor, as well as the Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock. A member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system, MAHHC provides primary care and a comprehensive suite of specialty services, along with 25 inpatient beds, a therapeutic pool and an acclaimed, fully modernized 10-bed Acute Rehabilitation Center. Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is dedicated to improving the lives of those it serves and is at the hub of a wide network of community resources that have partnered to cover gaps in services, and improve overall population health. One of the largest employers in the area, MAHHC acknowledges its employees as its greatest asset and has been recognized by the Governor’s Office with an Excellence in Worksite Wellness award.
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), is a recent recipient of Best Practice recognition by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) for health care quality, and is recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals for integration of technology to boost clinical performance. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded MAHHC with Level 3 status, the highest level of medical home designation.