ASTORIA — Nurse Laura Brown was named the 2015 Nurse of the Year in Women’s Health for Oregon and Southwest Washington by the March of Dimes during an award ceremony in Portland on Nov. 13.
Brown is a labor and delivery nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with the Columbia Memorial Hospital Family Birthing Center. She was one of 15 2015 Nurse of the Year finalists employed by CMH.
“We are truly blessed to have a nurse of Laura’s caliber among our CMH family,” said Trece Gurrad, CMH’s vice-president of patient care services.
Brown joined CMH in 2006 to establish an inpatient lactation program. She has expanded the program to include two nurses with 7-day-a-week phone consultation coverage.
“She has been instrumental in expanding the resources available to breastfeeding women in Clatsop County by developing them at CMH and by partnering with regional organizations, including Bras2Moms and the Northwest Mother’s Milk Bank,” the hospital said in a press release.
Brown makes follow-up phone calls to check in with discharged families. She answers their questions, helps talk through concerns, and assists them in making follow up appointments with their provider or for outpatient lactation consultations.
Through Brown’s efforts, local women in need can be fitted for and receive gently used nursing bras at the CMH Lactation Program office through the Bras2Moms program. Lactating women can donate breast milk to the Northwest Mother’s Milk Bank through CMH.
Brown was also awarded the International Lactation Consultant Association’s Care Award for lactation services and education in 2011 and 2013.
CMH’s other Nurse of the Year finalists were Ingrid Boettcher, Colleen Fletcher, Kendra Gohl, Lisa Harris, Jenny Jacques, Amy Karsten, Shannon Lackey, Rose Larson, Mihaela Lebo, Jamee Meier, Zachary Melton, Brooke Roberts, Sarah Salerno and Becky White.
For more information about the CMH Lactation Program, call 503-791-9140.