St. Vincent Women’s and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent (PMCH) have been recognized by the Cribs for Kids® National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Gold Certified Safe Sleep Champion – the highest designation recognizing hospitals that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids® in partnership with leading infant health and safety organizations to recognize hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to reducing infant sleep-related deaths by promoting best safe sleep practices and by educating patients on infant sleep safety. By becoming certified, a hospital demonstrates that it is committed to being a community leader and is proactively eliminating as many sleep-related deaths as possible. Through the program, hospitals can earn one of three National Safe Sleep Certifications based on their levels of commitment: Bronze (Certified Safe Sleep Hospital), Silver (Certified Safe Sleep Leader) and Gold (Certified Safe Sleep Champion).

“This high-level designation shows that St. Vincent Women’s and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent are committed to reducing Indiana’s alarming infant mortality rate by educating the community and providing mothers and families with the resources and tools they need to ensure they are following best practices for infant safe sleep,” said Hossain Marandi, MD, President of PMCH. “We are determined to do everything we can to make certain every family knows the ABCs of sleep safety – always place your baby alone, on his or her back, in a crib – every time.”

The Indiana State Department of Health, which has been working to reduce Indiana’s infant mortality rate, also sees value in the St. Vincent approach. “Reducing Indiana’s infant mortality rate requires strategies that touch all of the risk factors, especially preventable ones such as unsafe sleep practices,” said Kris Box, MD, FACOG, Indiana State Health Commissioner. “I am grateful for programs like the one at St. Vincent as we work to increase awareness of simple steps to keep babies safe.”

Facts About Infant Mortality

  • Infant mortality is defined as the death of a baby before his or her first birthday. The infant mortality rate measures the number of babies who die in the first year of life per 1,000 live births.
  • Indiana is home to one of the nation’s highest infant mortality rates. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 623 infants died before their first birthday in 2016, which puts the infant mortality rate at 7.5 – well above the national average, which was 5.9 that year.
  • Every year in the U.S., there are approximately 3,500 infant sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation, strangulation or undetermined causes during sleep.