Baby-FriendlyTM

As Missouri’s only Baby-Friendly™ facility, the Chris Coons Women’s Care Center at Hannibal Regional Hospital has been recognized by the Missouri Department of Health as the state experts on breastfeeding and asked to share their expertise with other hospitals in the state. By sharing their knowledge, the Chris Coons Women’s Care Center team is supporting national goals of improving the health of U.S. citizens. The U.S. Surgeon General, as well as a White House Task Force and the U.S. government’s Healthy People 2020 objectives have called for more education regarding the benefits of breastfeeding in order to foster healthier communities.

In order to achieve the stringent Baby-Friendly designation, the Chris Coons Women’s Care Center improved breastfeeding initiation rates from 62% to 75%, and the rate continues to climb. A recent CDC survey ranks Hannibal Regional Hospital’s infant feeding care practices as better than 97% of all birth facilities nationwide. Patient satisfaction rates have increased as well through support for new breastfeeding moms and their families.

The Baby-Friendly designation is awarded following completion of a rigorous on-site survey.  Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.

 Ten Steps for Successful Breastfeeding:

  • Family quiet time from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily 
  • Education for parents to learn how to calm their crying infant with the five S’s: Swaddling, Side/Stomach Position, Shushing Sounds, Swinging, Sucking 
  • Updates to education materials 
  • Redesign of Childbirth Education classes to reflect family-centered maternity care 
  • Breast Feeding Support Line and weekly breastfeeding support groups held on Monday nights and Wednesday mornings 
  • Designation of a lactation room for all breastfeeding mothers

Click here to learn more about Chris Coon's Women's Care Unit and the Baby-Friendly recognition.

The Joint Commission

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. Benefits of accreditation include helping to organize and strengthen patient safety efforts and strengthening community confidence in the quality and safety of care, treatment and services. 

Hannibal Regional Hospital was granted accreditation at its last completed survey.


Home Health

Hannibal Regional Hospital recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.  

Hannibal Regional Hospital’s Home Health was ranked Best in Nation in patient satisfaction and overall quality from PRC in 2011. This award followed others received by Hannibal Regional Hospital Home Health, including PRC’s Top Scoring Healthcare Facility  in 2010, 2007, and 2005, a 5-Star award from PRC in 2010, 2008, 2007 and 2005, and the Primaris Home Health Quality Award in 2008.

Hannibal Regional Hospital’s Home Health professionals are dedicated to providing the compassionate care that helps return patients to the lifestyle and activities they enjoy!

Click here to learn more about HRH's Home Health Services.