INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 10, 2019 – December 31 will be Janice Sneider O’Rourke’s last day as executive director of The Milk Bank, a Midwest not-for-profit human milk bank based in Indianapolis.
O’Rourke, MPA, RD, was hired in 2007, two years after its founding. She established the organization’s first hospital depot site, where approved donor mothers store frozen breast milk before being shipped to The Milk Bank for pasteurization. O’Rourke was instrumental in launching bereavement and financial assistance programs to support families in crisis. She has served as board member and secretary for the Human Milk Banking Association of America (HMBANA) and has been featured in philanthropy and donor milk panels, breastfeeding coalitions and a documentary on donor milk.
In the absence of an infant’s own mother’s milk, pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) offers many of the same benefits, such as optimal nutrition, easy digestibility, and immunologic protection against organisms and diseases. The Milk Bank aims to encourage breastfeeding mothers and provide PDHM for any infant or child with medical necessity.
"The leadership and dedication of Janice has allowed for the continued growth and success of The Milk Bank,” said Becca Johnson, The Milk Bank Board Chair. “We are honored to have had leadership from Janice for so many years.”
Before joining The Milk Bank, O’Rourke served more than 11 years in public service at Arkansas Department of Health and Indiana State Department of Health. She received her Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Bowling Green State University and Master of Public Affairs from IUPUI. O’Rourke completed doctoral coursework in philanthropic studies at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
Today, The Milk Bank is a full-service operation, having served 90 hospitals in 19 states from more than 6,500 lactating donors and 54 milk depots in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Missouri. The Milk Bank has dispensed 2.29 million ounces of milk since 2005.
About The Milk Bank
The Milk Bank was established to improve health outcomes for premature and ill infants, foster better health for children and decrease health care expenditures. The Milk Bank receives human milk from carefully screened donors, pasteurizes, freezes and distributes it throughout the United States. As a non-profit, community-supported entity, The Milk Bank is the first and only donor human milk bank in Indiana. The Milk Bank is a proud member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.