Houston, Mo.— Texas County Memorial Hospital has achieved Safe Sleep bronze level certification through the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program. Working with The Community Partnership’s Safe Sleep program in Rolla, TCMH completed the training and steps necessary to achieve status, demonstrating the organization’s commitment to safe sleep best practices and education for infants.
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, an organization dedicated to the prevention of sleep-related sudden infant death syndrome and accidental suffocation in infants. According to Michael H. Goodstein, MD, neonatologist and medical director of research at Cribs for Kids®,
“Sleep-related deaths result in the loss of more than 3,500 infants each year in the United States. We know that modeling safe infant sleep in hospital and educating families has a significant effect on infant mortality. The Cribs for Kids hospital certification program is designed to recognize hospitals that play an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.
Texas county has one of the highest rates of sudden infant death syndrome in Missouri, according to TCMH director of obstetrics Kristel Barton.
“The live birth infant mortality rate was 10.25% in Texas County and 9.99 in Wright County during the years 2009-2019.”
As a nationally certified Safe Sleep Hospital, TCMH is recognized for following safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and for providing training to members of the healthcare team. , parents and caregivers on safe sleep best practices. Judith A. Bannon, CEO and Founder of Cribs for Kids® has this to say,
“Hundreds of hospitals across the United States are certified. We welcome Texas County Memorial Hospital to this growing group of committed hospitals. It will have a profound effect on babies’ lives. »
For more information on Cribs for Kids’ National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program, visit: https://cribsforkids.org/hospitalcertification/