Hospital is honored for NICU practices
GULFPORT -- Memorial Hospital of Gulfport won first place and $10,000 in Medela NICU products by encouraging women to breastfeed their babies, particularly in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Mississippi has the highest rate of premature births in the United States and the lowest breastfeeding rate, according to Medela, a women and infant health company. Memorial Hospital increased exclusive breastfeeding rates from one percent in December 2009 to a high of 67 percent in January 2013 and increased the number of NICU infants receiving human milk from 38 percent in 2010 to 80 percent in 2011.
The hospital decreased the number of cases of necrotizing enterocolitis, an intestinal disease associated with a high mortality rate in the NICU, from seven cases in 2010 to just one in 2011, and became the first collection site in Mississippi for the Austin Milk Bank.
Kravette will speak at CYP Insights Lunch
GULFPORT -- Eric Kravette with The First, A National Banking Association, will speak at Coast Young Professionals Insights Lunch on March 13.
It is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Knight Nonprofit Center, 11975 Seaway Road, Gulfport. The cost is $15 for members and $25 for potential members.
Big changes ahead for frequent fliers on Delta
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines is making fundamental changes to its frequent flier program and will reward those who buy its priciest tickets, as opposed to those who fly the most miles. The program goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.
The airline said Wednesday that the 2015 SkyMiles program will better recognize frequent business travelers and leisure customers who buy premium fares. It's a bid to lure the much-sought-after business traveler, but it will affect everyone who uses the program.
Lowe's profit rises with housing rebound
NEW YORK -- Lowe's Cos., the second-largest U.S. home-improvement chain, on Wednesday posted a 6.3 percent profit gain as the housing rebound spurred renovation spending. The company also announced a plan to buy back $5 billion in shares.
Fourth-quarter net income increased to $306 million, or 29 cents a share, from $288 million, or 26 cents, a year earlier.
-- Staff, wire reports