WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center certified as a safe sleep hospital

RANSON, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Gold Safe Sleep Champion” for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

The center is among the first hospitals in West Virginia to receive the title.

The program was created by Cribs for Kids, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths because of accidental suffocation. In addition to being Cribs for Kids partners, Jefferson Medical Center was recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and for providing training programs for parents, staff and the community.

“As nurses, we are in a unique position to educate new parents and their families on how to best care for their newborns, and one of the most important aspects of that care involves safe sleep,” Kellie Minney, OB nurse manager, said in a news release. “Jefferson Medical Center’s OB unit is excited to be a part of the Cribs for Kids program that will assist us in helping families make educated decisions regarding safe sleep and in making sure that all of our patients have a safe place for their babies to sleep.”