For immediate release March 18, 2014
GULFPORT, Miss. — Memorial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was named as the first place winner by Medela for its breast milk programs which help to improve infant health. By facilitating and increasing human milk consumption in the NICU, Medela, a women and infant health company, recognizes breast milk programs nationwide for best practices. Memorial Hospital will receive Medela NICU products valued at $10,000. ¬¬¬¬
Mississippi has the highest rate of premature births in the United States and the lowest breastfeeding rate. To overcome these statistics, Memorial set a goal to increase the number of women who breastfed, particularly the mothers of infants in the NICU.
Memorial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is staffed by board certified neonatologists who care for sick infants and newborns. The only NICU on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Memorial provides a specially equipped ground transport vehicle to make the unit available to acutely ill or potentially unstable infants from the surrounding communities.