Quality Recognitions

National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women has been designated a Gold Safe Sleep Champion by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program. It is the highest designation offered by the program. Memorial for Women is the first Safe Sleep Champion Certified logoinfant safe sleep certified hospital in Louisiana, and includes amazing community cooperation with the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office.

Memorial for Women has demonstrated a commitment to community leadership for best practices and education on infant safe sleep through the development of a hospital policy, staff training, parent education, implementing a wearable blanket program, providing a safe sleep space to at risk families and a pledge to participate in ongoing audits and community outreach programs.

39-Week Initiative Recognition

As further commitment to healthy pregnancies and deliveries, Memorial for Women is recognized by the March of Dimes and Louisiana Hospital Association for the work it has done in eliminating unnecessary early deliveries. The hospital has eliminated all early elective deliveries before the 39th week of pregnancy for the past three years.

We are one of only 18 hospitals in the state and the only one in southwest Louisiana to meet the criteria for recognition. March of Dimes created the hospital recognition banner program to recognize hospitals that have achieved optimal success in the elimination of non-medically indicated elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestational age.

The GIFT Breastfeeding Designation

Should you decide to breastfeed, our nurses are specially trained to enhance the breastfeeding experience while promoting the healthiest beginning for each baby. Memorial for Women has achieved Louisiana’s highest breastfeeding quality designation: The GIFT. This designation is awarded to birthing facilities in Louisiana that comply with the internationally recognized Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding of the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.