January 17 2020 – Northwest Medical Center was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Silver Certified Safe Sleep Hospital,” for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. 
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, the only national infant safe sleep organization.  Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Cribs for kids is dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. As a Nationally Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, Northwest Women’s Hospital is recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and providing training programs for healthcare team members, and family caregivers.  
“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 modeling safe infant sleep in the hospital and providing education to families has a significant effect on infant mortality.  Cribs for Kids Hospital Certification Program is designed to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.”  
“We are dedicated to providing support and education to our Northwest families to ensure parents and colleagues understand and practice the ABC’s of safe sleep,” said Roxanne Bernard, Women’s Services Director at Northwest Women’s Hospital.  “Our entire team is honored to earn the Silver Safe Sleep Award and we are committed to safe sleep excellence.” 
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 health departments.
Knowing the ABC’s of infant safe sleep is so important.  Babies sleep safest, when they are:
A- Alone
B- On the Back
C- In a Crib
According to Judith A. Bannon, Executive Director and Founder for Cribs for Kids®, “The certification program launched in 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA, home of the Cribs for Kids® national headquarters.  Hundreds of hospitals across the US are certified. We welcome (insert hospital name) to this expanding group of committed hospitals.  This will have a profound effect on the saving babies’ lives.”
For more information on the Cribs for Kids® National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program visit
To learn more about Northwest Women’s Hospital, visit or call 954-601-8094 for more information or a free physician referral.
Founded over 30 years ago, Northwest Medical Center is the only designated ‘Hospital of the Future’ in South Florida.  Growing with the community, it is a 289-bed medical center, known for its comprehensive services, including 24/7 Adult & Pediatric Emergency Care, Heart & Vascular Care, Robotic Surgery, Maternity Care w/ Level III NICU, Neuroscience/ Stroke Care, Orthopedic Care, Spine Care, Bariatric Surgery, Pediatrics, Urology, Breast Care, Diagnostic Imaging, Pain Management, Aquatic & Physical Rehabilitation and Sleep Disorders.  Continuously expanding and incorporating the latest technology in its delivery of patient care, HCA East Florida is investing $77 Million into the facility to expand its key service lines. 
Northwest Medical Center is a facility of HCA East Florida. HCA East Florida is the largest healthcare system in Eastern Florida and an affiliate of HCA Healthcare (HCA). HCA East Florida has 15 hospitals, multiple ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care centers, physician practices, imaging centers and free standing emergency care facilities, as well as a supply chain center and an integrated regional lab. Together, HCA East Florida employs more than 18,800 employees and has more than 6,900 physicians on staff. For more information, visit
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