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For Immediate Release
April 27, 2016

Contact: Lauren Duncan
               The Milk Bank
               (317) 536 – 1670
                lduncan@themilkbank.org

Hannibal Regional Healthcare System and The Milk Bank
Partner to Open New Milk Depot               

Hannibal, Missouri – Hannibal Regional Healthcare System is partnering with The Milk Bank to open a new milk depot site in Missouri. This milk collection site is the fourth in Missouri and provides a convenient drop off for women to donate their extra breast milk for processing at The Milk Bank.  After processing, the milk is then delivered to fragile infants in hospital neonatal intensive care units. The two organizations will celebrate with a grand opening on May 4, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at Hannibal Regional Hospital. The public is invited.

“The Milk Bank hopes to continue forging partnerships with organizations throughout the Midwest in order to make the process of human milk donation easier for donor moms and families, while also helping to support breastfeeding in local communities,” stated Janice O’Rourke, Executive Director of The Milk Bank. 

Hannibal Regional Healthcare joins Amber Sky in Maplewood, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, and Little Flower Family Medicine in O’Fallon serving as a milk depot site.

According to the American Academy of Pediatricians, human milk is the standard food for all infants including premature and sick infants. Human milk provides optimal nutrition and unique health benefits that last beyond infancy.  

Approved donors for The Milk Bank will be able to drop off their human milk donations at Hannibal Regional Hospital and from there to The Milk Bank, where it will be processed then provided to neonates throughout the Midwest.  If you are interested in learning more, visit themilkbank.org/donate or contact:  Diane Bibb, MSN, RN, IBCLC, and Lactation Consultant for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System at 573-406-2122. 

The Milk Bank is a community-supported, not-for-profit organization that was launched in 2005.  The Milk Bank believes that human milk is best for all babies, and through the generosity of mothers, careful screening and processing, provides human milk to fragile premature babies in neonatal/newborn intensive care units. The Milk Bank is a proud member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. For more information regarding The Milk Bank’s mission, core programs and donation opportunities, visit themilkbank.org or call (317) 536-1670.

Hannibal Regional Healthcare System serves residents of the tri-state area from more than ten locations and includes Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal Regional Medical Group and Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation.  Hannibal Regional Hospital is an award-winning 99-bed acute care hospital providing comprehensive health and wellness services. Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a growing multi-specialty physician group delivering primary, specialty and express care services at multiple locations in northeast Missouri.  Hannibal Regional has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2016.  This honor by Healthgrades places Hannibal Regional among the top 5% in the nation for coronary interventions and the only hospital in Missouri to be among the top 5% in the nation for this procedure for 2016.  In addition, Hannibal Regional has also received the Healthgrades 2016 Joint Replacement Excellence Award, making the organization among the top 10% in the nation for orthopedic joint replacement procedures.  For more information on Hannibal Regional, as well as awards and accolades, visit www.hannibalregional.org.