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Published on March 31, 2021

Rutland Regional Attains Highest Recognition “Gold Safe Sleep Champion” from the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program

cribs for kids award logoRutland Regional Medical Center was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program for reaching the “Gold Safe Sleep Champion” designation for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. The Gold Safe Sleep Champion level is the highest designation available.

Being recognized for safe infant sleep at Rutland Regional means we are committed to providing all the education, training and tools necessary to ensure the safe sleep environment for babies entrusted to our care, not just in the hospital setting, but also developing the practice for parents when they take their newborn home,” said Thomas Rounds, BSN, RN, NE-BC, CEN, Director of the Emergency Department and Interim Director, Women’s & Children’s Services at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, the only national infant safe sleep organization. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Cribs for kids is dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. As a Nationally Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, Rutland Regional Medical Center 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. Cribs for Kids Hospital Certification Program is designed to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.”

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.

Achieving the highest designation as a Certified Safe Sleep Hospital represents our commitment to patient safety and allows us to support our patients with the essential resources to create a healthy sleep environment for their infants both in the hospital and at home,” said Andrea Borchlewicz, MSN, RNC-MNN, CLC, Manager of Women’s & Children’s Services at Rutland Regional. “We are extremely proud of our team’s dedication to reducing preventable infant deaths in our community. This achievement is another example of the exceptional patient care that we offer.

Learn more about the Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program>>>

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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