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Published on December 01, 2020

National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program Recognizes Rutland Regional Medical Center's Women's & Children's Unit

Safe Sleep Silver LogoRutland Regional Medical Center was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Cribs for Kids Silver Safe Sleep Leader,” for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, the only nation-wide infant safe sleep organization in the U.S. Cribs for kids is dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. As a Nationally Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, Rutland Regional is recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and providing training programs for healthcare team members, and family caregivers.

Sleep-Related Death (SRD) results in the loss of more than 3,500 infants every year in the U.S.,” said Michael H. Goodstein, M.D., neonatologist and medical director of research at Cribs for Kids. “We know that modeling safe infant sleep in the hospital and providing education to families has a significant effect on infant mortality. The Cribs for Kids Hospital Certification Program is designed to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.

Recent statistics provided by the Vermont Department of Health shows that 50% of the sudden unidentified infant deaths (SUID) in Vermont were accidental and therefore avoidable,” said Andrea Borchlewicz, MSN, RNC-MNN, CLC, Clinical Supervisor of the Women’s & Children’s Unit at Rutland Regional. “Staff commitment on reducing SUIDs in our community is very high. Working toward this certification has only intensified that commitment and increased the tools we are able to provide to the parents and caregivers of our newborns.

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created in partnership with leading infant health and safety organizations such as All Baby & Child, The National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths, Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs, Kids in Danger, Children’s Safety Network, American SIDS Institute, Charlie’s Kids, CJ Foundation for SIDS, and numerous state American Academy of Pediatric chapters and health departments.

According to Judith A. Bannon, Executive Director and Founder for Cribs for Kids, “The certification program launched in 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA, home of the Cribs for Kids national headquarters. Hundreds of hospitals across the US are certified. We welcome Rutland Regional Medical Center to this expanding group of committed hospitals. This will have a profound effect on the saving babies’ lives.

For more information on the Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program visit: https://cribsforkids.org/hospitalcertification/

About Women’s & Children’s Unit

Located within the hospital, the Women’s & Children’s Unit supports the labor and delivery of hundreds of babies each year. The unit is equipped with private rooms for patients to support the best possible postpartum care. The unit is supported by five OB/GYN physicians from Rutland Women’s Healthcare, a full-service SCOPE certified center providing obstetric and gynecological care for women throughout all stages of life. 

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.

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Media Contact: Gerianne Smart, 802.747.1608 or gmsmart@rrmc.org

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