Mohawk Valley Health System Maternal Child Services has been recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Gold Safe Sleep Champion” for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.
Twenty-five state hospitals have received the certification and MVHS is among only 14 to have received the gold-level award.
NSSHCP was created by Cribs for Kids, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. In addition to being Cribs for Kids partners, MVHS was recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and providing training programs for parents, staff and the community.
“We have worked hard to align our policies and practices to promote safe sleep,” said Lesa Steele, nurse manager of Maternal Child Services at MVHS. “We are thrilled that we have earned this designation again. We are hopeful that our commitment to educating the community on safe sleep-related practices will reduce sleep-related deaths.”
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created in partnership with leading infant health and safety organizations.
One hundred, thirty-nine hospitals in 33 states as well as Quebec, Canada, are represented among the hospitals that have achieved the “Gold Champion” status, or are working their way toward it.
“Sleep-related death results in the loss of more than 3,500 infants every year in the United States,” said Dr. Michael H. Goodstein, neonatologist and medical director of research at Cribs for Kids. “We know that consistent education can have a profound effect on infant mortality, and this program is designed to encourage safe sleep education and to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.”
For more information on the Maternal Child Services at MVHS, visit mvhealthsystem.org/maternity.