National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program Recognizes Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Published on June 29, 2020

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National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program Recognizes Torrance Memorial Medical Center

TORRANCE, Calif., June 25, 2020 – Torrance Memorial Medical Center was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “level of designation,” for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, the only national infant safe sleep organization. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Cribs for kids is dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. As a Nationally Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, Torrance Memorial is recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and providing training programs for healthcare team members, and family caregivers.

“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 created in partnership with leading infant health and safety organizations such as All Baby & Child, The National Center for the Review & 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.

According to Judith A. Bannon, Executive Director and Founder for Cribs for Kids®, “The certification program launched in 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA, home of the Cribs for Kids® national headquarters. Hundreds of hospitals across the US are certified. We welcome Torrance Memorial to this expanding group of committed hospitals. This will have a profound effect on the saving babies’ lives.”

“This effort was spearheaded by the Mother Baby SDM Council who along with all of maternal child staff and leadership, have dedicated themselves to ending SIDS in our community," said Leah Romine, RNC-OB, MSN Clinical Director Maternal Child Health Services at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

“We are very excited to receive recognition for the great work our staff does on a daily basis promoting safe sleep by developing policies, processes, and materials that model safe sleep and aid in educating parents about safe sleep and the dangers of co-bedding.”

For more information on the Cribs for Kids® National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program visit https://cribsforkids.org/hospitalcertification/