NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 8, 2017) – TriStar Centennial Women’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial were recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as Gold Safe Sleep Champions for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. They are the first hospitals in the Middle Tennessee region to receive the Gold Safe Sleep title.

“As safe sleep leaders, our nurses oversee the well-being of our newest patients as we strive to provide a safe passage for newborns and families transitioning back home,” said Joann Ettien, Chief Operating Officer for TriStar Centennial Women’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial. “Our nurses educate families on infant safe sleep to reduce the risk of SIDS - a devastating loss that no parent or sibling should ever have to endure. This designation affirms our commitment to the care and improvement of human life.”

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. In addition to being Cribs for Kids® partners, TriStar Centennial was recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and providing training programs for parents, staff and the community.

“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 consistent education can have a profound effect on infant mortality, and this program is designed to encourage safe sleep education and to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.”

The infant safe sleep program is aligned with the Maternal Child Health Bureau's vision of reducing infant mortality through the promotion of infant sleep safety. Thirty-six states have designated SIDS/SUID/SRD as their emphasis to reduce infant mortality.

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