Washington Adventist Hospital First in Maryland to Earn Safe Sleep Certification

Takoma Park, MD — Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital recently became the first hospital in Maryland to earn the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification. The hospital was recognized at the Bronze level for its commitment to encouraging safe sleep practice for infants.

Sleep-related deaths result in the loss of more than 3,500 infants per year in the U.S., often due to accidental suffocation. Washington Adventist’s Safe Sleep Hospital Certification indicates the hospital’s dedication to reducing these preventable infant deaths through education about infant safe sleep habits.

To earn the Bronze Safe Sleep Hospital Certification, Washington Adventist must meet three key criteria recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics’ safe sleep guidelines.

  • Develop a safe sleep policy
  • Provide training on infant safe sleep to all Mother/Baby Unit staff members
  • Provide infant safe sleep education to all parents of infants

“This certification lets parents know that our hospital is committed to helping them create a safe sleep environment for their baby, both in the hospital and when they return home,” said Michele Schwarzmann, RN, director of Women’s Services. “Further, it demonstrates our caregivers’ ongoing commitment to patient safety and high-quality care.”

The National Safe Sleep Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths.

“I am delighted that the hard work of our Women’s Services staff is being recognized with this important award,” said Edina Veszelovszky, MD, director of the Special Care Nursery. “Babies and their parents can sleep safer both in the hospital and at home as a result of all the education provided by our nurses and doctors.”

Washington Adventist Hospital delivered approximately 2,000 babies in 2017. In addition to the National Certified Bronze Safe Sleep Certification, all of the Labor and Delivery nurses are Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM) certified, so that a baby’s heart rate and health can be expertly monitored throughout the mother’s pregnancy and delivery.

Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, a not-for-profit, 232-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland, is part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of complete health-care services. Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, is a Version V Chest Pain Center and Designated Stroke Center.

This article originally appeared on the Adventist HealthCare website.

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On December 13, 1949 I was born in this wonderful hospital (Washington Missionary Hospital, Takoma Park Maryland). Dr. Emma Hughes was the physician.Kudos to this fine institution. I take credit or blame for many things in my life but I can certainly say that I had nothing to do with the time and place of my birth! My nationality and heritage were chosen by God. So even if someone were born in the outer mountains of Africa, or the beautiful country of Haiti God can set things in place so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out and find him. The apostle Paul gives us hope and a mystery for those who wonder about the faithfulness of God to His creation. Just like the Greeks that Paul was addressing, the question is not “What is God doing in the outer reaches of the world?” but rather “What is God doing in me right now?”
I take courage from this good news about the hospital where I was born while my parents attended what was then Washington Missionary College (CUC). But I mostly rejoice in this promise that tells me that I worship a God who does not discriminate against some economically poorer countries.
“From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.” – Acts 17:26 (NIV)