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The District of Columbia and Maryland breast-feeding coalitions have jointly awarded Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Md., with the Silver Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Award for the hospital’s efforts on behalf of breast-feeding mothers.

AAMC offers breast-feeding employees the use of breast pumps in clean, private rooms. AAMC also was recognized for offering private lactation rooms with multiuser pumps, flexible breaks from supervisors, a bulletin board for mom-to-mom sharing in the lactation area, breast-feeding support groups, a list of local breast-feeding resources and a refrigerator in the lactation room for breast milk storage, among other resources. “As the hospital that delivers the second-highest number of babies in the state of Maryland, AAMC understands and respects the needs of every new mom,” said Misa Ewing, RN, MSN, senior director, women’s and children’s services.

Sherry B. Perkins, RN, PhD, senior vice president of patient care and CNO, and AAMC have been awarded one of 20 matching grants given nationally by the Picker Institute. The grant is being administered under Picker’s Always Events/Always Experiences initiative. AAMC’s project, for which Perkins is one of the principal investigators, involves patients and families helping providers develop a simple, universal five-item checklist as a SMART (Signs, Medications, Appointments, Results and Talk with me) Discharge Protocol.

Sherry B. Perkins, RN

• The 2 and 3 Bles hematology/oncology units at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., have earned the 2011 Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation’s Employer Recognition Award. A plaque will be presented to GUH at the ONS Annual Congress in Boston, which is scheduled for April 28-May 1.

• The women’s and children’s services unit at Franklin Square Hospital Center, Baltimore, recently received a $252,060 grant from CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield to support initiatives to increase breast-feeding rates, ensure screening and referrals for perinatal depression and safe sleep practices. The funding also will support community outreach, individual and intensive education, and services for women and infants at higher risk for poor health outcomes in southeast Baltimore County.

• Mary Washington Healthcare, Fredericksburg, Va., has been honored with the 2011 Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Community Benefit Award. Mary Washington was recognized for its Heart Failure Clinic, a project of the healthcare system’s Virginia Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI). The clinic is the only one located in this service area, according to the VHHA, and was created to address a pressing community need to significantly improve heart failure patient outcomes.

• Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Md., was among the honorees recently at the Partners for Success Dinner, hosted by Prince George’s Community College. PGCC hosts the biennial awards dinner to acknowledge individuals and corporate partners who have helped transform students’ lives through accessible, affordable and rigorous learning experiences. Doctors Hospital has partnered with PGCC to offer students a variety of clinical education experiences in nursing and other programs.

• The Greater Baltimore Area Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants has started a mentoring program designed to introduce the legal nurse consultant as an active member on the medical malpractice litigation team. The program also will provide an introduction to responsibilities during various phases of the litigation process. For information, visit or email [email protected]

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