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Rex Healthcare Recognized as a Breastfeeding-Friendly Business

Rex Women's Center Provides Resources for All New Mothers, Co-Workers

Sept 4, 2012

Contact: Alan M. Wolf
(919) 784-4467

RALEIGH, N.C. – Rex Healthcare was named a "breastfeeding-friendly business" by the N.C. Breastfeeding Coalition, recognizing Rex's efforts to support breastfeeding among patients and co-workers.

"It is our goal at Rex to promote, maintain and support the best health outcomes for all of our patients," said Susan O'Dell, director of the Rex Women's Center. "For babies in the first year of life, the best food is breast milk. We have worked hard to assure support around the clock for new mothers who want to breastfeed as well as for our co-workers returning to work who are breastfeeding. This award is great recognition of that hard work."

The coalition gives the award to businesses that have made accommodations for breastfeeding mothers, including providing access to private rooms for breastfeeding and education about the economic and health benefits. The coalition notes that such efforts help reduce health care costs and turnover, and improve productivity and morale.

Rex Women's Center offers a wide range of resources for new mothers, including breastfeeding classes, free telephone assistance with breastfeeding questions, a team of internationally board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) and breastfeeding educators who are also registered nurses. For more information, visit rexhealth.com/birth.

To take a virtual tour of the Rex Women's Center, visit rexhealth.com/tours/womans-center.

About Rex Healthcare

Rex Healthcare, a member of UNC Health Care, is a private, not-for-profit health care system with more than 5,300 co-workers. Rex Healthcare has 660 beds (433 general acute beds and 227 skilled nursing) and treats nearly 34,000 inpatients each year. Rex offers dedicated centers for cancer, surgery, heart and vascular, post-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, wellness and women’s care plus dedicated services for bariatric, heartburn, pain management, sleep disorders, diabetes education, wound and emergency care. Rex’s medical staff includes more than 1,100 physicians and 1,700 nurses. Rex provides various health care services throughout Wake County with facilities in Apex, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Wakefield and downtown Raleigh. Rex was the first hospital in the Triangle to receive Magnet Recognition, placing Rex nurses among the top 6 percent in the nation. Rex was named one of the top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and was highlighted as one of the Top 50 Hospitals in the U.S. by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2011.