Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Lactation Consultant Honored for Excellence
Chicago, Ill. – April 2, 2013 – Marilyn Fergus, RN, IBCLC, RLC, lactation consultant, has been caring for women at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for more than 25 years. Sometimes, she spends hours helping a new mom and baby successfully breastfeed.
Her dedication to mothers and their babies and passion for patient education earned her the March of Dimes 2013 Perinatal Nurse Excellence Award. The award recognizes five nurses annually for outstanding commitment and creativity in their approach to perinatal challenges.
“I’ve always felt strongly about the importance of patient education,” Fergus says. “Breastfeeding is so important. Some new mothers just need a little patience and instruction to make it happen. I’m happy I can provide that for them.”
Fergus began a Breastfeeding 101 class at the medical center for pregnant women and their partners who want to learn the basics of breastfeeding before their babies arrive.
What’s next for Fergus? Currently, she’s working to get Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center certified as a Baby-Friendly hospital, which emphasizes the importance of breastfeeding and recognizes hospitals that offer an optimal level of care to promote breastfeeding and mother/baby bonding.
About Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is a 408-bed hospital in Chicago with a Level I trauma center and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest designations awarded by the state of Illinois. It offers comprehensive inpatient services, including medical, surgical, obstetrics and pediatric care, as well as a full breadth of outpatient services. A recipient of numerous awards for quality and clinical excellence, Illinois Masonic was ranked one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), as well as named a recipient of the organization’s Everest Award for National Benchmarks in 2010 and 2013. The medical center has also been named a Leader in the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index for the past four years, as well as one of the Chicago region’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years. In 2012, the hospital achieved Magnet redesignation for excellence and quality in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, which it originally achieved in 2008. Illinois Masonic is part of Advocate Health Care, a 2009 and 2010 Thomson Reuters Top 10 U.S. health care system for quality and clinical performance and the largest provider of health care services in Illinois. For more on Illinois Masonic, visitwww.advocatehealth.com/masonic.