Leading the nation in NICU care

COLUMBIA (WACH) - Palmetto Health is leading the nation in its treatment of premature babies.

The hospital has partnered with Prolacta Bioscience to create the Palmetto Health Donor Milk Program.

The program will provide a safe and standardized supply of donor breast milk to the neonatal intensive care units at Palmetto Health Baptist and Palmetto Health Richland.

Health screenings and blood tests are done on all the donors to ensure the healthiest supply of milk.

Women who have a surplus of breast milk are encouraged to donate in an effort to help others in the community.

"Breast milk is so incredible to good outcomes and survival in premature babies. And this is an opportunity to actually help the little sick premies in this community to do better and to survive." says Dr. Victor Iskersky, the medical director for the neonatal intensive care unit at Palmetto Health Richland.

In additional to the health tests that will be conducted on the breast milk donors, the actual milk will be tested as well.

Prolacta will conduct safety and quality testing before pasteurizing the milk for hospital use.