Safe Sleep Certification assures that the award-winning institution
has a fully developed infant safe sleep program, thoroughly trained staff
and implements the safe sleep guidelines outlined by the American Academy
of Pediatrics (AAP).
JUPITER, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2021) – Top destination in Palm Beach County and
the Treasure Coast for world-class healthcare, Jupiter Medical Center
has been certified by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program
for the award-winning institution’s commitment to best practices
and education on infant safe sleep.
“We are honored that the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification
Program recognizes our commitment to the safety of our infant patients
and newborns,” says Dr. Amit Rastogi, president and CEO of Jupiter
Jupiter Medical Center’s Safe Sleep Initiative began in December
2018, when the Level II De George Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
opened. The ongoing project follows best practice guidelines outlined
by the American Academy of Pediatrics and includes thorough protocols
also practiced in the Florence A. De George Children’s & Women’s
Services Obstetrics Unit.
The program includes ongoing education for mothers and families of newborns
and infants up to 1 year of age. Participants are provided with printed
materials, a DVD, real-time conversations, modeled behavior by staff for
mothers and families to emulate, and sleep crib cards and safe sleep sacks
for NICU babies as they begin transitioning to go home. Jupiter Medical
Center’s Safe Sleep Program also provides ongoing training to staff,
collects data, conducts safe sleep crib audits, and is overseen by the
institution’s Safe Sleep Committee.
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs
for Kids®, the only national infant safe sleep organization. Based
in Pittsburgh, Penn., Cribs for Kids® is dedicated to preventing infant
sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation.
“Sleep-Related Death (SRD) results in the loss of more than 3,500
infants every year in the U.S.,” says Dr. Michael Goodstein, 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.”
With more than 1,900 babies born at Jupiter Medical Center each year, a
premium is placed on the experience of the physicians and world-class
care at the hospital’s state-of-the-art Florence A. De George Children’s
& Women’s Services Obstetrics Unit and the Level II De George
NICU. In addition to the renowned care and technologically advanced monitoring
and diagnostics at both facilities, the luxurious accommodations and compassionate
support services before, during and after delivery at the Children’s
& Women’s Services Obstetrics Unit are well known to expectant
families throughout Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
As a testament to this exceptional maternity care, readers of the Palm
Beach Post voted Jupiter Medical Center the Best Place to Have a Baby
in Palm Beach County in the daily newspaper’s 2021 Annual Best of
Palm Beach County Community Choice Awards.
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created in partnership
with leading infant health and safety organizations including 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.
For more information about Jupiter Medical Center, please call 561-263-2200 or visit