Information for the 2016 Michigan MotherBaby Summit

The 2016 Michigan MotherBaby Summit will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Atheneum Suite Hotel, 1000 Brush Street in Detroit, Michigan 48226.

Registration closed Monday, November 14, 2017 at 10am. We expect staff from 50 hospitals and about 160 attendees. Because the Summit is sold out, we will not be able to accept any Walk Ins.  However, if someone from your hospital has registered, but is unable to attend, you may send a substitute – as long as the substitute can identify the name of the person who is unable to attend.

We will start on time, run on time and end on time.

Continuing education credit certificates will be awarded at the end of the day.


Valet parking is available at the Atheneum Hotel. Pull up into the circular driveway at the front entrance to the Hotel and the Valet Service will greet you. The cost is $10. You will need to pay for that on your own.

Another parking lot is located near the hotel – as you look at the circular driveway at the front of the hotel – it is located to the right. We are not sure of the cost of that lot as it changes frequently. You will need to pay for that on your own.


Please bring an extra sweater or jacket as sometimes the room may be a bit chilly.

Breastfeeding/pumping room

A private room (located on the same floor as the Summit) will be available for breastfeeding and/or pumping.


7:00 am – 8:00 am Registration and Breakfast

Blueberry muffins, banana muffins, low calorie yogurts with granola, cereals with skin milk, fresh fruit platter, coffee, tea, apple and orange juice

10:15 am Mid-morning break
Coffee and tea

Noon Lunch
Hot pasta salad, mixed greens salad, fruit salad
Roast beef, honey baked ham, smoked turkey, genoa salami, Swiss and sharp cheddar and provolone cheese, condiments, breads and rolls
Fudge brownies and fresh baked cookies
Coffee, tea, sodas and bottled waters


Background Information
Every maternity hospital in the state is encouraged to send a health care team of up to 5 staff members. Ideas for members include: Nurse Manager of Well Baby, Nurse Manager of Post Partum, Medical Director of Well Baby, Nurse Manager of Labor and Delivery, Medical Director of Labor and Delivery, Nursing Director of Maternal Child Health Service, Certified Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Staff Nurses, Charge Nurses, Quality Improvement Specialists, Clinical Educators. Each hospital may send one Lactation Consultant.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs, CERPs, CMEs) will be provided.

Thanks to the generous support of the W.K.Kellogg Foundation, there is no charge for admission.


img_4811Rooms are available at the Atheneum Suite Hotel in Detroit, Michigan at the regular room rate. For room reservations, attendees should call Toll Free 1-800-772-2323.

The Summit will begin with Check-in and Registration from 7am to 8am. Welcoming remarks will begin sharply at 8am. The activities will adjourn at 4pm with the submission of evaluations. The Agenda is noted below.

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2016 Michigan MotherBaby Summit Faculty

Sue Butts-Dion, Quality Improvement Consultant
President, Butts-Dion Consulting, Inc.

Ms. Butts-Dion has provided consulting support and training to hospitals and primary care practices since the late 1980’s. Currently, Sue consults as an Improvement Advisor on national primary care and hospital improvement projects for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ), and the EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative. She also consults with Maine Quality Counts and several hospitals and primary care clients.

From 2011-2014, Sue worked with NICHQ as the Improvement Advisor for Best Fed Beginnings, a nationwide effort supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), aimed at improving maternity care practices to support breastfeeding and to achieve Baby-Friendly designation. She is currently an Improvement Advisor to NICHQ’s Texas Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative and to the EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative, also aimed at improving maternity care practices in support of breastfeeding. In her Improvement Advisor role with the IHI, she supports the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative, an effort by the Department of Health and Human Services, aimed at reducing preterm births and improving outcomes for newborns and pregnant women.

Sue resides in Saco, Maine and is President of Butts-Dion Consulting, Inc., a consulting firm focused on supporting clients in designing and managing their systems for improvement.

Barbara L. Philipp MD, FAAP, FABM

Dr. Philipp is Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She is the Medical Director of The Birth Place at Boston Medical Center. She served as a co-chair of the Boston Medical Center Baby-Friendly Task Force, which successfully led the hospital to Baby-Friendly designation in 1999. She was a member of the teams that helped the hospital achieve re-designation in 2007 and 2014. She is currently a Co-Chair of the Boston Medical Center Baby-Friendly Task Force helping the hospital prepare for the every-five year on-site visit by Baby-Friendly assessors. In order to help other institutions succeed in this area, she has published numerous articles on the Baby-Friendly process and lectures frequently at her hospital, across New England and nationally on the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and other breastfeeding-related topics.

Dr. Philipp initiated the MotherBaby Summit Initiative in 2009, thanks to the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She has directed Summits in Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Michigan, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Missouri and has consulted on Summits in New Mexico and Virginia. She and her MotherBaby Faculty also provide “Mock Baby-Friendly Site Visits” for hospitals in D4 as they approach the date of their official site visit.

Dr. Philipp serves on the Advisory Board for Best for Babes and is a Physician Champion for the EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative. She is a 2008 recipient of a St. Lawrence University Alumni Citation for her work in the field of maternal and child health.

Paula K. Schreck, MD, IBCLC, FABM

Dr. Schreck attended the University of Michigan Medical School. She completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of California, San Diego and stayed at UCSD as clinical faculty for two years before returning to her home state of Michigan. She joined the staff of St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit in 1997 and became the Medical Director of Breastfeeding Support Services at St. John Hospital in 2004. In 2008, she created the St. John Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic, the first physician-led breastfeeding clinic in the state of Michigan. The model has since been applied at three other Michigan hospitals in St. John’s Ascension hospital network. She is the co-author and medical director of the St. John Mother Nurture Project, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation-supported innovative and far-reaching breastfeeding initiative that spans her urban hospital and the surrounding community. She is also medical director and creator of the Mother Nurture Lactation College, a unique lactation consultant-training program for minority women. In 2012, she was named Breastfeeding Coordinator for the six-hospital St. John Providence Health System. As part of her system duties, she served as the physician lead for three of these hospitals in the Best Fed Beginnings national collaborative. Dr. Schreck is a Physician Champion for the EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative and maintains a part-time general pediatric practice.

St. John Hospital and Medical Center was awarded WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly designation in July 2014.


Looks Who’s Coming So Far

Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital
Beaumont Hospital Dearborn
Beaumont Hospital Farmington Hills
Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe
Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak
Beaumont Hospital Troy
Beaumont Hospital Wayne
Beaumont Trenton Medical Center
Borgess Medical Center
Covenant Health Care Saginaw
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center
DMC Hutzel Hospital
DMC Sinai Grace Hospital
Garden City Hospital
Genesys Ascension
Genesys Regional Medical Center
Henry Ford Detroit Downtown
Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
Hillsdale Hospital
Hurley Hospital Flint
McLaren Bay Region
McLaren Flint
McLaren Greater Lansing
McLaren Point Huron
Mid Michigan Medical Center
Mercy Health Muskegon
Mercy Health St. Mary’s Trinity Health

Munson Medical Center
North Ottawa Community Hospital
Otsego Memorial Hospital
Promedica Bixby
Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital
St. Francis Hospital OSF Health Care
St. John Hospital and Medical Center
St. John Macomb Hospital
St. John Providence Hospital Southfield
St. John Providence Park Novi
St. John River District Hospital
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor
St. Joseph Mercy – Oakland
St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia
Sparrow Hospital
Spectrum Big Rapids
Spectrum Gerber
Spectrum Health Butterworth
University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor
Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association
IHA Breastfeeding Medical Specialists
Institution for Population Health
Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN)
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services WIC Program
St. John Pediatric Associates
Wayne State University

A sample of evaluations from previous Michigan MotherBaby Summits

pic32012 Summit (Detroit)

  • Great topics and speakers. Can’t wait until the next one.
  • Hospital sharing was great and happy to hear so many positive stories.
  • Very well put together and organized.

2013 Summits (Traverse City and then Detroit)

  • I thought it was a great conference. I was glad my CNO came with me. I was feeling a lack of support with a change in administration. This helped her understand and I feel much more assured of her support now.
  • This was an excellent conference and the information provided was extremely valuable.
  • Wonderful opportunity to network. Especially beneficial for administrators to attend with LCs – all hearing the same information. Promotes ideas and energy to move forward together.
  • 10 stars for every session offered the entire day.
  • Great day – both info presented and networking learning. Every hospital should attend this – even if not working towards Baby-Friendly as any/all of the strategies can be implemented separately of that effort.
  • Empowering. Recharging my battery. Timely and relevant.

pic22014 Summits (Detroit and then Grand Rapids)

  • This Summit was the first time attended; found it very informative and engaging.
  • Wonderful topics. Fantastic speakers.
  • Thank you for having this awesome Summit every year! It’s so worthwhile and a great way to exchange ideas with other hospitals. Thank you W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
  • Very helpful. Informative. Collaboration in afternoon was very helpful. Wrote a lot of ideas, took a lot of notes.
  • We have, today, ended our bags and reached out to our office managers. Thank you for helping to re-establish our enthusiasm!
  • Very inspirational. Networking is so helpful to learn and share. Please keep them coming!

2015 Summits (Detroit and then Mt. Pleasant)

  • Great Summit!! Loved all the topics.
  • Very informative!!
  • Awesome.
  • Wonderful motivational day. The networking is so beneficial. Speakers phenomenal.
  • The time flew, all great info.
  • Awesome meeting and Summit! Thank you.