EMPower Hospital Spotlight: Monongalia General Hospital
Monongalia General Hospital is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Morgantown is a metropolitan area with a permanent resident population of 30,133, and ranks as one of the best small cities in the country. Morgantown is also home to West Virginia University, which has an annual enrollment of around 30,000 students and was labeled as a top 20 best college town in 2014. In addition to a thriving college community, the city of Morgantown boasts activities for all ages along Main Street with an eclectic blend of places to eat and events to attend. Permanent and seasonal residents and visitors to this area enjoy the many green spaces surrounding Morgantown, including scenic trails along the Monongahela River.
Monongalia General Hospital is the flagship member of the Monongalia Health System, which serves the community with a full range of health services. Monongalia General Hospital is a 189-bed general and acute care hospital serving the tristate areas of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Each year the hospital provides services to approximately 9,805 inpatients, 84,745 outpatients and 31,217 emergency patients. Monongalia Health’s mission is to enhance the health of the communities we serve, one person at a time.
The Monongalia General Hazel Ruby McQuain Birth Center offers mothers private birthing suites designed to provide a home away from home atmosphere. The Birth Center is designed under the Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP) concept, in which a woman, having a routine labor and delivery, and her newborn remain in the same room throughout their stay. Monongalia General has dedicated staff ready to assist a mother throughout her pregnancy, delivery, and during the first crucial weeks. In addition to labor and delivery care, the hospital offers educational classes including breastfeeding classes to empower families. Breastfeeding assistance also extends beyond the hospital stay, as a Lactation Consultant is available for outpatients as well.
Monongalia General Hospital’s devotion to breastfeeding and improved maternity care practices continues to grow, as demonstrated by their participation in the EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative. The Monongalia General team hopes that through joining the EMPower Initiative, they will see increased initiation and duration of breastfeeding rates in our communities that they serve. Their EMPower breastfeeding coach, Julia Bourg, remarked, “The team from Monongalia General is a talented group and we have enjoyed working with them! They have a true commitment to excellence. Their enthusiasm and multidisciplinary approach results in creative and well executed solutions.” Monongalia General Hospital hopes to be one of the first facilities in West Virginia to complete Baby-Friendly designation. Currently, the hospital is hoping to seek designation in 2017.
The Monongalia General Hospital administration is supportive of their Baby-Friendly journey. The hospital emphasizes the importance of breastfeeding to all staff, not just OB staff, during the initial general hospital orientation. This helps to reinforce to all staff the importance of breastfeeding on all units throughout the hospital and in the Emergency Department. This support was also noted by the hospital’s EMPower QI coach, Lou Anne Crawley-Stout, who stated, “Monongalia General’s belief in quality improvement processes and approaches to better serve their patients propels them to action and excellence. With this teams leadership support, attention to detail, and “can do” spirit, they are well on their way to achieving the Baby Friendly designation.”