KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Good Samaritan Hospital has been recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Gold Certified Safe Sleep Hospital.

In recognition of the hospital’s dedication to the best practices and education for infant-safe sleep, Good Samaritan is acknowledged for providing training programs for healthcare team members and family caregivers while also following the safe sleep guidelines that are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

“This certification is a result of the commitment across our organization to providing education, supporting families in our community, and bringing awareness to eliminating infant sleep-related deaths,” said Madelyn Taylor, MSN, RN, CLC, Good Samaritan Obstetrics, and Gynecology Nurse Manager. “I am proud of the dedication to best practice, as well as our ongoing community outreach to support safe infant sleep. By setting the example as a Gold Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, our team is doing our part to eradicate infant sleep-related deaths and helping families create a healthier tomorrow from day one.”

Committed to preventing infant sleep-related deaths, the national non-profit, Cribs for Kids, created the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program.

“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 modeling safe infant sleep in the hospital and providing education to families has a significant effect on infant mortality. Cribs for Kids Hospital Certification Program is designed to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.”

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was made alongside many leading infant health and safety organizations including All Baby & Child, The National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths, the 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.