CEO Update

Cribs for Kids

I’m very excited to announce that STHCS has been named the Western New York partner for Cribs for Kids. The nonprofit Cribs for Kids Program began in 1998 as an infant safe sleep program. Our Child Health and Safety Team has reviewed four infant deaths linked to unsafe sleep environments. While we provide new and expectant parents with safe sleep information, we wanted to provide safe sleep environments for families unable to do so on their own. Some of our CHST partners purchase Pack ‘n Plays on an as-needed basis, but they are unable to meet all the need. Through Cribs for Kids, we can purchase infant Safe Sleep Survival Kits at reduced cost. The kits include a Graco Pack ‘n Play, an infant safe sleep sack and safe sleep information for parents. We are applying for grants from private foundations in all three counties to support the program. We will also develop fundraising events to support it. Our CHST partners will identify the families in need and distribute the kits to them. This proactive approach will improve infant safety in our community.

Forensic Nurses Week

I wanted to remind everyone that National Forensic Nurses Week begins Monday and will continue through next Friday. Created by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), Forensic Nurses Week honors medical providers who care for victims of crime while collecting the evidence needed to bring offenders to justice. Regionally we have 10 Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE) who respond to sexual assault cases at Olean General Hospital, WCA Hospital and Jones Memorial Hospital. These SAFE providers are trained to reduce trauma to the victim while collecting the evidence law enforcement and prosecutors need to convict sexual predators. The SAFE providers make our community a safer place to live. Please take the time to thank our local SAFE providers: Dr. AnnMarie Zimmerman, Denise O’Neil, Mona Carbone, Glenda Stocking, Brandace Gaylor, Cindy Wickstrom, Tracey Rex, Jennifer Buck, Andriah Emery, and Elizabeth Gattman. Two medical providers are also in SAFE training, Stephanie Martuccio and Dara Brown and will begin providing SAFE services soon. For more information the program or to apply to become a SAFE provider, please visit SAFE.

In This Issue:

Cribs for Kids
Forensic Nurses Week

It is the mission of the Southern Tier Health Care System to improve the health and wellness of our rural communities.

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