The purpose of the award is to recognize hospitals that are proven leaders in infant safe sleep policy, practice and education.

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N.C. Women’s Hospital has been recognized as an Infant Safe Sleep Hospital Model of Excellence by the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation.

“This award recognizes the North Carolina hospitals that are doing exceptional work in the area of infant safe sleep,” said Janice A. Freedman, executive director of the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation. “N.C. Women’s Hospital’s commitment to providing safe sleep education will help our youngest North Carolinians grow and thrive during their first year of life and beyond.”

The purpose of the Infant Safe Sleep Model of Excellence Award is to recognize hospitals that are proven leaders in infant safe sleep policy, practice and education. Hospitals must meet four areas of excellence to be recognized as an Infant Safe Sleep Model of Excellence: Policy, Staff Training and Education, Patient Education and Modeling, and Community Outreach.

The award, endorsed by the North Carolina Hospital Association and the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force, is available to all hospitals in North Carolina that deliver babies or care for babies less than one year of age.

The North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation is a statewide nonprofit based in Raleigh whose mission is to eliminate preventable infant death and illness in North Carolina.