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For Immediate Release
December 7, 2017

Leah Bucco-White, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9356

Twelve More Nebraska Hospitals Achieve Safe Sleep Champion Status  

Alone, On Their Back, In a Crib - Helping Babies Sleep Safely


Note: Photos of hospitals receiving Safe Sleep Champion certificates and sound bites are available -
Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce 12 new Safe Sleep Hospital Champions in the state:
  • Chadron Community Hospital, Chadron NE
  • CHI Health St. Elizabeth, Lincoln NE
  • CHI Health St. Mary’s, Nebraska City NE
  • CHI Health St Francis, Grand Island NE
  • CHI Bergan Mercy, Omaha NE
  • CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney NE
  • CHI Health Maternity Center at Immanuel, Omaha NE
  • CHI Health Maternity Center at Lakeside, Omaha NE
  • Community Hospital in McCook NE
  • Memorial Health Care Systems, Seward NE
  • Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff NE
  • Thayer County Health Services, Hebron NE
  • CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs IA
    (Also provides maternity services to Nebraska residents)

Providing consistent training and education on safe sleep for all hospital personnel caring for children under a year old ensures the same safe sleep message is shared with the parents of more than 26,000 babies born in Nebraska every year.  

The Safe Sleep Campaign starts within the hospital setting, encouraging all Nebraska birthing hospitals to become a Safe Sleep Hospital Champion. To be considered a Safe Sleep Champion, the hospital signs a pledge, creates or updates a Safe Sleep Policy, provides yearly education to hospital personnel, models safe sleep recommendations, and educates parents with evidence-based safe sleep materials.

Twenty other hospitals have pledged and are working through the process to become a safe sleep hospital -

DHHS worked with the Nebraska Hospital Association, the Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative to launch the Nebraska Safe Sleep Hospital Campaign.

There were 45 sudden unexpected infant deaths in Nebraska during 2012 and 2013. The deaths occurred in 16 different counties, covering both urban and rural areas. At least 35 occurred in an unsafe sleep environment.

The ABCs of Safe Sleep:

A – Your baby should always sleep alone.

B – Your baby should always sleep on his or her back.

C – Your baby should always sleep in a safe crib.

Learn more about safe sleep and how to create a safe sleep environment -

Resources are available to help hospitals become Safe Sleep Hospital Champions including a Safe Sleep Toolkit -