Rochester Regional Health Pediatric Practice First in Area to Receive Important State Designation

July 22, 2015

Rochester General Hospital Pediatric Associates (RGPA), part of Rochester Regional Health, is the first pediatric practice in Rochester to be named a New York State Breastfeeding Friendly Practice by the New York State Department of Health.

This is a newly created NYS designation to acknowledge achievement in the area of breastfeeding. “The time and energy you put into developing and implementing your policy is clear and we applaud your commitment to supporting and promoting breastfeeding,” wrote Barbara J. Wallace, MD/Director, NYS Division of Chronic Disease Prevention.

“We are proud to receive this honor,” said Amy Saglibene-Parmelee RN, Lactation Consultant/RGPA. “Breastfeeding offers so many benefits to both mother and baby and all of our caregivers are committed to making the experience a positive and valuable one for our patients.”

The designation as a New York State Breastfeeding Friendly Practice is valid for a five year period. Rochester General and Newark Wayne Community Hospitals have also been designated as Baby Friendly Hospitals for their breastfeeding efforts by the World Health Organizations.

Rochester Regional Health is an integrated health services organization serving the people of Western New York, the Finger Lakes and beyond. The system provides care from 150 locations, including five hospitals; more than 100 primary and specialty practices, rehabilitation centers and ambulatory campuses; innovative senior services, facilities and independent housing; a wide range of behavioral health services; and ACM Medical Laboratory, a global leader in patient and clinical trials. Rochester Regional Health, the region’s second-largest employer, was named one of “America’s Best Employers” by Forbes in 2015. Learn more at