HHC named Safe Sleep Champions

HHC named Safe Sleep Champions

December 5, 2018

HHC recognized as Safe Sleep Champions

(L to R) Darcy Ost, Risk Management/Performance Improvement/Education; Carrie Peterson, Hospital DON; Dr. James Ohrt; Jackie Moline, DHHS; Marcia Regier, OB Director; Beth Boals-Shively, Pharmacist; Corrine Friesen, Radiologic Technologist; Shelly Amack, Professional Services Officer.

There were 45 sudden unexpected infant deaths in Nebraska during 2012 and 2013. The deaths occurred in 16 different counties, covering both urban and rural areas. At least 35 occurred in an unsafe sleep environment.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) worked with the Nebraska Hospital Association, the Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative to launch the Nebraska Safe Sleep Hospital Campaign. The campaign provides evidence-based education and training to parents of newborns as well as birthing hospital staff.

On behalf of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, we would like to congratulate Henderson Health Care on achieving the Safe Sleep Hospital Champion Status. To be considered a Safe Sleep Champion, the hospital signs a pledge, creates or updates a Safe Sleep Policy, provides yearly education to hospital personnel, models safe sleep recommendations, and educates parents with evidence-based safe sleep materials. “We commend Henderson Health Care Services on your commitment to increase the awareness of safe sleep to your community. Every baby should celebrate their first birthday,” said Jackie Moline, Maternal Infant Health Program Coordinator at DHHS.

“Our providers and staff are to be commended for taking such interest in, providing, and demonstrating the best practices for the safety of these new little ones placed in our care,” said Marcia Regier, OB director, Henderson Health Care.

The ABCs of Safe Sleep:
A – Your baby should always sleep alone.
B – Your baby should always sleep on his or her back.
C – Your baby should always sleep in a safe crib.

Learn more about safe sleep and how to create a safe sleep environment – www.dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/MCAH/Documents/SafeSleepofBaby.pdf.