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Community groups partner for Safe Sleep Education

PHOTO PROVIDED From left are State Representative Garth Everett presenting the Safe Sleep Proclamation to Kathryn Nickles, Lycoming County Coroner’s Office; Olufunke Oladejo, MD, UPMC Susquehanna; and Charles Kiessling, Lycoming County Coroner’s Office.

WILLIAMSPORT – About 3,500 babies in the United States die suddenly and unexpectedly each year. UPMC Susquehanna has partnered with the Lycoming County Coroner’s Office and State Representative Garth Everett to promote safe sleeping practices to reduce the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

“Sudden infant death syndrome is a leading concern across the U.S. in regard to infant safety,” said Kathryn Nickles, administrative assistant, Lycoming County Coroner’s Office. “We’ve focused on safe sleep initiatives and education for many years, and we’ve made great progress.”

The guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics, also known as the A-B-Cs of Safe Sleep, are aimed at making safe sleep easy to remember and understand.

“According to the A-B-Cs, baby should sleep Alone on their Back on a firm mattress in an empty Crib,” said pediatrician Olufunke Oladejo, MD, pediatrician, UPMC Susquehanna. “The work we’re doing here in our region is necessary. The easiest way we can do this is through education to parents and loved ones and offering support programs for families in need.”

During a recent event highlighting the partnership, Rep. Everett presented a Safe Sleep Proclamation and gave praise to all the organizations working together to address SIDS and promote safe sleep practices in the region.

For more information on safe sleep, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website at AAP.org.

About UPMC

A $20 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 89,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a nearly 3.6 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.2 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid $587 million in federal, state, and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial, and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside on its annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to UPMC.com.

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