McHenry, Ill., Sept. 24, 2013 – Medela, a company dedicated to women and infant health, has been acknowledged for going above and beyond in education, awareness and community-development efforts for moms and babies. The March of Dimes
named Medela the 2013 Company of the Year as part of the distinguished Jonas Salk Health Leadership Awards, which honor the dedication and commitment of outstanding healthcare professionals and organizations. This is the first time the Company of the Year award has been given since 2007.
“We are extremely proud to be recognized as Company of the Year by the March of Dimes. Our destiny statement, ‘to enhance mother and baby health through the life-giving benefits of breastmilk,’ works hand-in-hand with the March of Dimes’ commitment to improving the health of babies. We know that our individual and combined efforts are making a difference in infant and maternal health,” says Carolin Archibald, president of Medela, Inc.
The March of Dimes Jonas Salk Health Leadership Awards are given to maternal and infant health professionals in five key disciplines: healthcare management, physician, nurse, research and public and community health. Its intent is to recognize individuals and organizations that continue the legacy of the March of Dimes mission of improving the health of babies and to celebrate the success of Dr. Jonas M. Salk, who developed the Salk vaccine for polio using March of Dimes funding.
Medela provides the most technologically advanced, superior-quality breastpumps and breastfeeding accessories to nursing mothers around the world. A longtime champion of breastfeeding and a Healthy People 2020 Consortium member, Medela is the only company to develop products based on research by the world's leading lactation experts. As a result, Medela's breastpumps are the number one choice of healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities worldwide, including more than 80 percent of U.S. hospitals.
Medela has developed an extensive line of products to meet the diverse needs of nursing mothers. These products include hospital-grade, double- and single-electric and manual breastpumps; breastfeeding accessories such as pump cleaning products, breast care products and specialty feeding devices; and maternity and nursing intimate apparel.
Founded in 1961 by Olle Larsson in Zug, Switzerland, Medela continues to grow under the ownership of the Larsson family. Medela serves customers through a worldwide network of distribution partners in more than 90 countries and its 15 subsidiaries in the United States, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, France, Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, Poland, China and Spain. The company entered the United States more than 30 years ago; its U.S. headquarters are located in McHenry, Illinois.
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