Butler County Health Care Center received Safe Sleep Hospital Champion Designation from the Department of Health and Human Services on Jan. 18. To become a Safe Sleep Hospital Champion, BCHCC took the safe sleep campaign pledge, developed a safe sleep policy, educated hospital personnel on safe sleep recommendations and practices and conducts quarterly internal safe sleep habit audits.

Providing consistent training and education on safe sleep for all hospital personnel caring for children under a year old ensures the same safe sleep message is shared with the parents of more than 26,000 babies born in Nebraska every year. 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.

“Staff at BCHCC feel it is important to educate new parents on safe sleep habits for their newborns," explains Yenni Forney, RN, OB Coordinator. "Becoming a Safe Sleep Hospital Champion Designation provides the tools to do just that. New parents are dismissed home with better education on safe sleep habits that can be continued at home to prevent SIDS. The increase in awareness of safe sleep will result in: more babies sleeping safely, a decrease in the number of SID deaths, a decrease in the infant mortality rate in Nebraska, and more babies celebrating their first birthday."