Ashley County Medical Center was recently recognized by the
National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Silver Safe Sleep Leader,” for their commitment to best
practices and education on infant safe sleep. They are one of the first
hospitals in Arkansas to receive the title.
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by
Cribs for Kids®, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related
deaths due to accidental suffocation. In addition to being Cribs for Kids®
partners, Ashley County Medical Center was recognized for following the
safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics
(AAP), and providing training programs for parents, staff and the community.
“Sleep-Related Death (SRD) results in the loss of more than 3,500
infants every year in the U.S.,” said Michael H. Goodstein, M.D.,
neonatologist and medical director of research at Cribs for Kids®.
“We know that consistent education can have a profound effect on
infant mortality, and this program is designed to encourage safe sleep
education and to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role
in reducing these preventable deaths.” This program is well-aligned
with the Maternal Child Health Bureau's vision of reducing infant
mortality through the promotion of infant sleep safety as outlined in
Infant Mortality CoIIN Initiative. Thirty-six states have designated SIDS/SUID/SRD as their emphasis to
reduce infant mortality.
“Arkansas ranks in the top 10 states for highest SIDS/SUIDS rates.
When reviewing Arkansas infant death cases in 2015, 67 percent of them
were found in an unsafe sleep environment, and 87 percent of the deaths
were preventable. That is an astounding number of children’s lives
that can be saved by changing their sleep environment, and educating their
caretakers on what is safe and what is not. I am dedicated to helping
the children, parents, and care givers of Ashley County to keep all of
our children safe and healthy,” says Amanda Autenreath, Ashley County
Medical Center Nursery Manager.
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created in partnership
with leading infant health and safety organizations such as All Baby &
Child, The National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths,
Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs, Kids In Danger, Children’s
Safety Network, American SIDS Institute, Charlie’s Kids, CJ Foundation
for SIDS, and numerous state American Academy of Pediatric chapters and
According to Judith A. Bannon, Executive Director and Founder for Cribs
for Kids®, “The program kicked off in June of 2015 in Pittsburgh,
PA, home of the Cribs for Kids® national headquarters. Sixteen states
and Quebec Canada are represented among the 38 certified hospitals which
have achieved the ‘Gold Champion’ status, or are working their
way toward it. This will have a profound effect on the number of babies’
lives that will be saved.”
For more information on the Cribs for Kids® National Safe Sleep Hospital
Certification program visit