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KRMC Maternity Care Center Receives DHHS Accolade
MCC Achieves Safe Sleep Champion Status as Part of DHHS Initiative

Kearney, Neb. – Kearney Regional Medical Center’s Maternity Care Center was honored in April for their designation as a Safe Sleep Champion by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (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. The campaign provides evidence-based education and training to parents of newborns as well as birthing hospital staff.

“It was important for Kearney Regional to become a Safe Sleep Champion because we put a large emphasis on education for our patients and staff,” said Dani Peisiger, Director at the KRMC Maternity Care Center. “The benefits of having the formal education for the staff and patients allows us to reinforce best practices for safe sleep and helps us achieve the highest quality of care for our patients built on evidenced-based practices.”

“We chose to be a Safe Sleep Champion here at Kearney Regional because we have a true passion for these kids as if they were our own,” said Peisinger. “Through the initiative, our staff has completed Safe Sleep training and models the techniques for our patients. Our new parents see firsthand the proper way to put the baby down to sleep, how to dress baby so they aren’t too warm and what a safe sleep environment looks like. It has been beneficial to staff as well as our patients.”

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 in accordance with Nebraska Revised Statute 71-2103 and the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleep Recommendations.

About Kearney Regional Medical Center

KRMC is a 93-bed acute care hospital.  Dedicated to improving the health of our patients, Kearney Regional Medical Center delivers expert medical care that is patient-focused and cost-effective. Kearney Regional Medical Center’s state of the art facility offers patients sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic services covering the spectrum of care.  Kearney Regional is made up of Medical, Surgical, and Intensive Care Beds as well as a full suite of Operating Rooms, Interventional Cardiology and Radiology Labs, an Emergency Department, Maternity Care Center, and full Radiology Department for diagnostic services.

The staff at Kearney Regional consists of more than 700 talented and compassionate physicians, nurses, clinical, and support staff.