Franciscan Health's Infant Sleep Program in Indianapolis Garners National Recognition
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan Health Indianapolis has been recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a "Silver Safe Sleep Leader" for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.
To earn this designation, the hospital developed and maintains a safe sleep policy, provides training for staff working with newborns and children under the age of 12 months and actively engages parents and caregivers in safe sleep practices prior to discharge. Additionally, newborns in the newborn nursery and the neonatal intensive care unit are given a wearable blanket (sleep sack).
"We are proud of this recognition and it attests to our team's hard work and efforts to promote safe sleep methods," said Angela M. Bratina, MSN, director of the Center for Women & Children.
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation.
Franciscan Health Indianapolis' award-winning providers serve the unique needs of women and children throughout central Indiana by offering labor and delivery, postpartum, NICU and pediatric services all at the same location. It is the only hospital in south-central Indiana which operates a Level III NICU.
By Joe Stuteville
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