Noblesville—The Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank (IMMB) will open a new milk depot at Riverview Health at 10:30 am on Thursday, June 26. While the IMMB has depot locations around Indiana, this will be the first location in Noblesville.
“Studies have proven breast milk to be the ideal nutrition for infants and, unfortunately, there’s no way to duplicate it,” said Amy Gardner, department manager of Riverview Health Maternity Center and Pediatrics. “As advocates of breastfeeding, we’re excited to be able to facilitate milk donation opportunities through the Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank.”
Screened breast milk donors will be able to drop off their donations at Riverview Health, where they’ll then be transported to the IMMB pasteurizing facility in Indianapolis to undergo testing to ensure the milk’s safety. Milk from the IMMB is distributed to Neonatal Intensive Care Units throughout the United States.
Before the opening of the Riverview Health location, donor mothers in the area would have to drive to drop off their donations at another milk depot or ship milk to the IMMB via mail.
“Having a location in Noblesville really opens us up to donors in this area of the state and makes it easier for them to get donations to us,” said Carissa Hawkins, communications coordinator of the IMMB.
About the Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank
The Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank pasteurizes and screens breast milk from fully screened and approved mothers and to be sent to Neonatal Intensive Care Units in hospitals throughout the Midwest. They have depot locations in several states and have been in existence since 2005. For more information, visit their website at http://www.immb.org.
Riverview Health is comprised of a full-service, 156-bed hospital in Noblesville and a hospital in Westfield with four—soon-to-be 20—beds. Also included are 23 primary, immediate and specialty-care facilities in Hamilton County. Riverview Health provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services in more than 35 healthcare specialties and has been frequently recognized for its clinical and service excellence. National achievements include Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery award (2019) and Outstanding Patient Experience award (2017-2018). Leapfrog Group awarded Riverview Health an A grade—the highest grade possible—for patient safety in 2017. As one of the largest employers in Hamilton County, Riverview Health recently received the Five-Star AchieveWELL Award through the Wellness Council of Indiana and was honored at the 2017 Indiana Health and Wellness Summit. For more information on Riverview Health, visit riverview.org.