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Published on February 21, 2018

Abington Hospital Receives Infant Safe Sleep National Certification

Designation recognizes commitment to infant-safe-sleep best practices and education.

Cribs For Kids Seal BronzeABINGTON, PA (February 21, 2018) – Sleep-related death is responsible for the death of more than 3,500 infants in the U.S. each year. Working to bring that number as close to zero as possible, Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health was recognized last month by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Bronze Safe Sleep Hospital” for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

Consistent education can have a profound effect on infant mortality. The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program is designed to encourage safe-sleep education and to recognize hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.

The program was created by Cribs for Kids, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing sleep-related deaths in infants due to accidental suffocation. In addition to being a Cribs for Kids partner, Abington Hospital was recognized for following the safe-sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and for providing training for parents, staff and the community.

“From car seats to immunizations, parents consider hundreds of factors when thinking about the safety of their newborn,” said Carol Chwal, administrative director, Women and Children’s Service Line, Abington – Jefferson Health. “It’s critical that safe sleep practices remain on the top of every parent’s mind as well.”

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created in partnership with leading infant health and safety organizations such as All Baby and Child, The National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths, Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs, Kids in Danger, Children’s Safety Network, American SIDS Institute, Charlie’s Kids, CJ Foundation for SIDS, and numerous state American Academy of Pediatric chapters and health departments.

About Abington – Jefferson Health

Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township, two Urgent Care Centers located in Flourtown and Willow Grove, and six convenient outpatient facilities located in Willow Grove, Warminster, Blue Bell, Lower Gwynedd, Montgomeryville and Elkins Park. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. In addition, some physicians are members of Abington Health Physicians, an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, a newly formed organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

About Jefferson

Jefferson Health, home of Sidney Kimmel Medical College, is reimagining health care in the greater Philadelphia region and southern New Jersey. Jefferson’s dedicated team of doctors, nurses, health professionals and staff provides a range of primary to highly-specialized care through 13 hospitals (three Magnet®-designated for nursing excellence), more than 50 outpatient and urgent care locations, the NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and the JeffConnect® telemedicine program. Jefferson’s academic health center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc., is recognized by US News & World Report as #16 on the 2017-18 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. Jefferson Health’s mission is to improve the health of those patients and communities it is privileged to serve through safe, effective, equitable, compassionate care.

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