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UPMC WCA is Gold Safe Sleep Champion
I’m very excited to report that UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital has been certified as a Gold Safe Sleep Champion Hospital by Cribs for Kids. This is the culmination of an effort by our Cribs for Kids program and a partnership with WCA for the Office of Children and Family Services Safe Sleep Kits Pilot Program. WCA’s Gold Safe Sleep Certification is a reflection of the hospital’s commitment to evidence-based safe sleep practices that protect infants from sleep-related deaths. Expectant parents who receive services at WCA are taught safe sleep practices such as having babies sleep alone, on their backs in a crib with no loose blankets, clothes, crib bumpers or toys. I want to thank UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for promoting infant safe sleep practices throughout Chautauqua County.
STEMS Coordinator Alicia Broadbent and I attended the New York State Emergency Medical Services Council (SEMSCO) and State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (SEMAC) meetings this week in Albany. In what would be a great incentive for EMS recruitment, the state is considering changing the youngest certification age for EMS providers from 18 to 17. I believe this would be a very positive development. Many local high school students turn 18 after graduation which makes efforts to recruit them at local volunteer EMS agencies difficult. If the certification age drops to 17, we will be able to partner with local schools and recruit students for their home EMS agencies before they graduate.
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