Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Shawnee Mission Health earns “Baby Friendly” designation from group supporting breastfeeding practices. A group that works to promote breastfeeding has given Shawnee Mission Medical Center a designation for its programs to support new mothers. The “Baby Friendly” accreditation from Baby-Friendly USA says that Shawnee Mission “adheres to a set of evidence-based practices shown to support mothers and babies on their breastfeeding journeys.” “Hospital practices in the first hours and days after birth make a big impact on how long babies are breastfed,” said Michelle Sanders, lactation program coordinator. “The Baby-Friendly designation signifies Shawnee Mission Birth Center’s commitment to supporting mothers and providing family-centered care.”

Former Kansas Congressman endorses Niermann in Democratic primary. Former Congressman Jim Slattery, who represented Kansas’s Second District, announced on Friday he was endorsing Prairie Village teacher Tom Niermann in his bid for the Democratic nomination in the Third District race. “Tom gets it,” Slattery said in an endorsement statement. “He’s not a career politician. He’s a teacher, a father, and a husband. He understands the challenges middle class families face in Kansas because he’s faced them himself. At a time when we need decency and integrity in Congress, Tom is the one we can trust.”

Shawnee Chamber named Eric Ely to role as director of business development and retention. The Shawnee Chamber of Commerce announced Eric Ely is the organization’s new director of business development and retention. With a background in sales and marketing, Ely will be tasked with working closely with commercial real estate companies and the chamber’s economic development partners.