Waxahachie Community Newsletter Fall 2016 1 - Page 4

4 5 Mother-Friendly Worksite designation supports breastfeeding employees Baylor Scott & White Medical Center has joined a growing number of Texas businesses as a Texas Mother-Friendly worksite. Created by the Texas Legislature in 1995 and administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program recognizes employers with written policies reflecting their support for their breastfeeding employees. Mother-Friendly Worksite policies in clude work schedule flexibility to allow milk expression breaks; offer a private space, other than a bathroom, where an employee can pump or breastfeed; and ensure easy access to a clean water source and hygienic milk storage arrangements. Employers recognized as Mother-Friendly Worksites benefit from increased employee retention, lower absenteeism, higher morale, greater productivity, reduced health care costs, and improved short- and long-term health of the breastfeeding mother and her child. Texas Mother-Friendly Worksites represent a wide range of employment sectors, settings, and worksite sizes. Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie is among many other Baylor Scott & White hospitals honored as Texas Mother-Friendly Worksites. “We back our employees who are new mothers. The Mother-Friendly designation supports employees who choose to breastfeed their infants by providing time, space, and other resources to maintain breastfeeding after returning to work. It’s an honor to be designated as a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite.” – Jaclyn L. Budet, RN, Supervisor of Women and Children’s Services, Baylor Scott & White -Waxahachie Baylor Scott & White achieves accreditation for quality bariatric care Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions can now receive treatment at a nationally accredited program at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center. The hospital’s metabolic and bariatric surgery program has been recognized by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®) for meeting standards for patient safety and quality of care, a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). “Earning this MBSAQIP designation is an honor,” said Renee O’Daniel, RN, MSN, CBN, bariatric program manager, Baylor Scott & White. “We’ve met criteria for staffing, training and protocols for care to support patients with severe obesity, and the review process leading to accreditation included an extensive visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon. We’re proud to serve Waxahachie and Ellis County residents with these needed services.” B a ylor S cot t & Whi te Medi cal C e n t e r – Wa xa h a c h ie | News | Fall 2016 Therapy dogs join the patient care team Everyone needs help from time to time. It could be a word of encouragement, advice, or a helping hand. For patients at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, that “hand” could be a furry paw. Specially trained therapy dogs including Daisy, Dolly and Daisy Mae call on Baylor Scott & White patients as part of Baylor Scott & White Health’s Animal Assisted Therapy program. Started in 1985, today there are more than 100 dogs, two parrots, and two ponies who visit patients at facilities in Dallas, Frisco, Fort Worth, Irving, McKinney, and throughout the system. Volunteer Sherry Dicks, past president of the Auxiliary, along with now-retired employee Peggy Phelps were instrumental in bringing the Animal Assisted Therapy program to Waxahachie in 2008. Today, Sanford Smith is Chairman of the Pet Therapy Program at the hospital with support from Auxiliary President Tamie Davis. Not every dog can become a therapy dog. The testing and certification process is rigorous for both dogs and owners. First of all, dogs must be between the ages of 1 and nine years. Every dog is required to complete a formal obedience class, and canine candidates are tested and evaluated in the hospital setting. Owners must fill out an application with references, be at least 18 years old, attend a health clinic for drug screening and TB testing, and complete an orientation program. Dogs are “man’s best friend” for a reason. They offer unconditional love and affection. Is it any wonder that hospital patients smile and laugh when a dog comes into the room? Patient caring is a holistic endeavor. At Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie experienced hospital caregivers support patients and families using a team-centered approach. Therapy dogs are part of the team. To find out more about the Animal Assisted Therapy program at Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie, please contact Tamie Davis at 469.843.4200 or the Animal Assisted Therapy Program coordinator, Linda Marler, RN, at 214.536.3151. visit u s a t BS WHe a lth .co m/Wa xa h a ch ie