Beebe Healthcare Recognizes Nancy Hastings with July 2019 L.O.V.E. Letter Award

Nancy Hastings, RN, IBCLC, center, is the recipient of Beebe Healthcare’s July 2019 L.O.V.E. Letter. Also pictured are Bridget Buckaloo, MSN, Executive Director, Women’s and Children’s Services and Rick Schaffner, Interim CEO, Executive VP & Chief OperatiBeebe Healthcare is proud to recognize Nancy Hastings, RN, IBCLC, as the July 2019 recipient of the Living Our Values Every Day (L.O.V.E.) Letter Award.

All Beebe team members pledge to follow a system of values. As a patient or visitor at Beebe, you may see these value statements posted. We invite you to help us be mindful of our values as we care for you and your family members.

Linda Spaulding, RN, IBCLC, submitted Nancy’s L.O.V.E. Letter nomination.

“Five years ago (after YEARS of preparation), Nancy took on getting this hospital certified as ‘Baby Friendly.’ A daunting task to say the least. A certification that is not given out lightly,” Linda wrote. “She was relentless and sure enough Beebe Healthcare was certified. Fast forward to April 2019. Beebe was up for renewal of that certificate. Again, Nancy did what needed to be done. Again we are certified.”

In Delaware, Beebe Healthcare was the first hospital to earn designation as a Baby-Friendly hospital in 2013.

This international designation was launched as part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It recognizes birthing centers that successfully implement the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes.

There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. Currently there are 570 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. The “Baby-Friendly” re-designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed.

Linda added, “Nancy's dedication to breastfeeding never ceases to amaze me. Your dedication is unwavering. Beebe is lucky to have you. Sussex County is lucky to have you. The state of Delaware is lucky to have you and I am lucky to have met you and had the opportunity to work with you.”

Nancy demonstrates many of the Beebe values, including “achieving amazing accomplishments through exceptional teamwork” and “dedicating yourself to being an expert in your field – always learning, always growing.”

Beebe Healthcare’s L.O.V.E. Letter Recognition Program is similar to an employee of the month program. Team members are encouraged to send L.O.V.E. notes to other team members during the course of the month. A committee then evaluates the L.O.V.E. notes and selects one to receive the monthly L.O.V.E. Letter. Winners are announced in a surprise ceremony in which the committee visits the winner in his or her department and presents the award.  Employees selected for the award receive:

  • Parking space in the parking garage for one month
  • $100 gift card donated by Fred and Lyndie Hertrich
  • 100 points toward Beebe L.O.V.E. Notes Merchandise
  • 100th Anniversary History Book: Two Men With a Dream: The Story of Beebe Healthcare
  • Letter of congratulations and personal visit from members of the executive team
  • Their photo added to the L.O.V.E. Letter wall plaque
  • Letter to team member’s director and department recognition

For more information about Beebe Healthcare’s values and how team members live our values every day, go to www.beebehealthcare.org/our-values. For more information about Beebe’s “Celebrate Excellent Care” program and how you can support Beebe Healthcare, the local non-profit community healthcare system, contact the Foundation at (302) 644-2900.

Beebe Healthcare is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people who live in, work in, and visit the communities we serve. Beebe Healthcare has three campuses: the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus, which houses the medical center; the Rehoboth Beach Health Campus; and coming in 2020, the South Coastal Health Campus. Beebe Healthcare offers primary care as well as specialized services in the areas of cardiac and vascular, general surgery, robotic surgery, cancer treatment, women's health, and orthopaedics. Beebe also offers walk-in care, lab, imaging and physical rehabilitation services at several locations throughout Sussex County, in addition to a Home Care program and an adult activities center. For more information about Beebe Healthcare, go to www.beebehealthcare.org. To find out how Beebe Healthcare is Creating the Next Generation of Care for the community, go to www.nextgenerationofcare.org.

 

Caption: Nancy Hastings, RN, IBCLC, center, is the recipient of Beebe Healthcare’s July 2019 L.O.V.E. Letter. Also pictured are Bridget Buckaloo, MSN, Executive Director, Women’s and Children’s Services and Rick Schaffner, Interim CEO, Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer.