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Carolinas HealthCare System Awarded Model of Excellence
“Being among such a select group truly shows that Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals are going above and beyond to make sure our programs for infants and their mothers are among the best in the nation.”

Callie Dobbins
Assistant Vice President Neonatal Services
Levine Children’s Hospital

For hospitals delivering babies or providing care to children less than a year old, employing and reinforcing safe sleep standards with patients and their families is important. Four Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals have been recognized for their efforts to do just that.

Levine Children’s Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center – Main, Carolinas Medical Center – Pineville and Carolinas Medical Center – Union were, for the second time, recognized by the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation as Infant Safe Sleep Hospital Models of Excellence. Healthy Start’s mission is to reduce infant deaths and disability and improve the health of women and children in North Carolina. The nonprofit organization applauded the hospitals for their continued leadership in the implementation of infant safe sleep policy, practices and education both within the hospitals and in their communities.

“This honor exemplifies all of our consistent hard work and determination to provide the best care to our patients and their families,” said Callie Dobbins, assistant vice president of neonatal services at Levine Children’s Hospital. “Being among such a select group truly shows that Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals are going above and beyond to make sure our programs for infants and their mothers are among the best in the nation.”

All four Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals were first awarded the Model of Excellence in 2011, and have since expanded their efforts to help infants sleep safely through parent education, community outreach and staff education. The designation is recognized for two years, and only 12 N.C. hospitals have been awarded since the program began in 2011, including Carolinas HealthCare System - University, Cleveland Regional Medical Center and Columbus Regional Healthcare System.

“This award not only recognizes hospitals that are voluntarily doing exceptional work in the area of infant safe sleep,” said Janice Freedman, the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation’s executive director. “It also encourages other hospitals to increase their commitment to keep North Carolina babies safe from infant sleep-related death.”

The Infant Safe Sleep Model of Excellence Award is endorsed by the North Carolina Hospital Association and the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force and is available through a self-nomination process to all hospitals in North Carolina that deliver babies or provide care to children less than one year of age.

To be eligible for the award, hospitals must meet criteria in four areas: policy, staff training and education, parent education and modeling, and community outreach.

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