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As part of the “Live Better! Live Longer! Start Strong” breastfeeding initiative, an Ameda hospital-grade double breast pump was purchased with matching funds from the hospital auxiliary. Funds were provided by a Catholic Health Initiatives Mission and Ministry Fund grant award to the Healthy Communities Collaborative, to be distributed over a period of three years. Part of the project’s focus is to increase the number of work sites which are committed to supporting their breastfeeding employees. Pictured are (from left): Amy Oothoudt, RN; Kate Bjorge, Healthy Communities Collaborative executive director; Betty Pasela, retired RN and president of the St. Gabriel’s Hospital Auxiliary; Christine Binsfeld, RN/ICU and a breastfeeding mother; Diane Slimmer, RNC and Cris Vodak, RN/Med/Surg/OB nursing manager.

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