Sumner Regional Medical Center has been awarded a Milestone Award by Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC) for their progress in the Safe to Sleep Project. This milestone award is based on participation, monthly data collection including crib audits, and noted improvements in their safe sleep practices.

The most recent data in Tennessee on sleep related deaths in 2019 showed 103 infants dying due to sleep related deaths. This data shows why it is important for every baby to reach their first birthday by following the simple ABCs of Safe Sleep -Alone, on their Backs, and in a Crib.

"Our Safe Sleep initiatives at Sumner Regional Medical Center include ongoing education for the moms and families of newborns, training of our nursing staff, as well as providing sleep sacks to every infant born at Sumner Regional," said Joyce Arand, PhD, RNC, interim director of Women's Services.

The Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC) is the state's perinatal quality collaborative. Hospital teams volunteer to work on projects to improve the care and outcomes for mothers and babies across the state.

"The work in Tennessee around perinatal health has never been more important as we continue to show some of the worst health outcomes across the nation," said TIPQC Executive Director Brenda Barker. "Engaged teams across the state are showing remarkable progress in changing this tide making Tennessee the best state to be born in."