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NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health Earns National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification from Cribs for Kids®

Aug 17, 2023

South Brooklyn Health CEO, Svetlana Lipyanskaya, with the women’s health team.

NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health today announced that it has recently been recognized as a “Gold Safe Sleep Champion” by Cribs for Kids® National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative. The Gold-level Certification is the highest level of national safe sleep certification and recognizes South Brooklyn Health’s commitment to reducing infant sleep-related deaths by: 1) promoting best safe sleep practices; 2) educating the public on infant sleep safety; 3) establishing infant-safe sleep policies; and 4) modeling infant-safe sleep for our patients. This is South Brooklyn Health’s second five-year designation, which represents a decade-long commitment to infant safe sleep.

“I am proud of our women’s health team, who continue to implement best practices to support infant safe sleep, and reduce the risk of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) in South Brooklyn,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health CEO Svetlana Lipyanskaya. “We know that modeling safe infant sleep in the hospital and providing education to families has a significant effect on infant mortality.”

“The incredible work to ensure parents are set up to successfully care for their newborns upon discharge is reflected in this recognition”, said NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health Maternal Child Health Director of Nursing Jennifer Tutone. “This valuable partnership greatly contributes to immeasurable safe and healthy newborn outcomes.”

We could not have accomplished this milestone without continuing to develop and implement policies, training, and family/caregiver education, as well as implementing a wearable blanket program, maintaining a quality improvement initiative via safe sleep audits, and assessing & distributing safe sleep space to at risk families. In our new Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital, we offer private, comfortable rooms for new parents and babies to bond in, because we believe an intimate, personal birthing experience is a right, not a privilege. These amenities all contribute to care experience of our patients, thus resulting in excellent patient care for all.

For more information on the Cribs for Kids® National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program visit https://cribsforkids.org/hospitalcertification/


MEDIA CONTACT: Bridgette Ingraham-Roberts, (646) 937-2945, ingrahab@nychhc.org

About NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health

NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health and its 371-bed Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital and Health & Wellness Institute is one of the public health system’s 10 acute care health care campuses that offers general and acute medical care to adults and children. The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital offers modern trauma and emergency care, inpatient services for primary and acute care in general medicine, adult medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, medical and surgical sub-specialties, coronary care, intensive care, obstetrics and gynecology, midwifery, neonatology, critical care, rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry, and behavioral health. Its Health & Wellness Institute with over 40 ambulatory care practices provides patient and caregiver centered primary and specialty care to residents of South Brooklyn and the surrounding communities. The hospital has designations as a Certified Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Center, an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, an accredited Baby-Friendly Hospital, a U.S. News & World Report high performing hospital, a SAFE Center of Excellence under the Sexual Assault Reform Act, Designated AIDS Center (DACs), and Level 2 Perinatal Center.

About NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest municipal health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers
anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.