Meeting the health needs of our community is central to the goal of St. Luke's - no matter what age the patient is.  Recently, the medical facility took re-certification steps to maintain its best practices as they relate to the youngest of those patients.

St. Luke's earned Silver Level Recognition from the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program for "it's commitment to best practices and education in infant safe sleep".  As a nationally certified hospital, St. Luke's is recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and for providing training programs for healthcare team members and family caregivers.

While the re-certification is recent, the national recognition isn't anything new to the health facility.  St. Luke's was the first healthcare organization in the State of Minnesota to earn this honor back in 2017.

St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, MN
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth

Safety - especially for infants - is central to the operations at St. Luke's.  Stephanie Forslund, St. Luke's Maternal Child Health Clinical Supervisor shared:

"Keeping our moms and their babies safe is our top priority.  We strive for the highest quality of care and to ensure our patients and their families get off to the best and healthiest start in life.  Earning National Safe Sleep Hospital recognition is one of the ways we can achieve that."

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program was created by Cribs for Kids - the only national infant safe sleep organization.  More details about their initiative is available on their website.

More than 3,500 infants in the United States have a sleep-related death every year.  Modeling safe infant sleep in the hospital and providing education to families has a significant impact on reducing infant mortality.

St. Luke's Hospital Regional Trauma Center in Duluth, MN
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth

10 Delicious Snacks With Minnesota Roots

15 Professional Athletes From Minnesota

11 Very Common Stereotypes About Minnesota

Ten Words Every True Minnesotan Knows

KEEP READING: 15 Natural Ways to Improve Your Sleep

Goosebumps and other bodily reactions, explained

More From KOOL 101.7