Rochester General Hospital was recently named a Gold Certified National Safe Sleep Champion, the highest designation offered by Cribs for Kids — a national infant sleep initiative. 

In total, 63 hospitals in the country are recognized at the gold level, and Rochester General Hospital is one of three to be named in New York state.
 
Hospitals who receive this designation have implemented an exceptional hospital-based infant safe sleep program, including hospital staff training and education, a hospital safe sleep policy, parent education and modeling, a wearable blanket program and community outreach.
 
Each year in the U.S., over 3,500 babies die in their sleep suddenly and unexpectedly from accidental suffocation, strangulation and sudden infant death syndrome. According to Cribs for Kids, in 90 percent of these deaths, the infant is found in an unsafe sleep environment. Cribs for Kids partners with health care providers, parents and others across the country to promote sleeping practices that keep infants safe.

The Monroe County Department of Public Health has declared unsafe sleep to be the number one preventable cause of death in infants younger than age 1. Last year, Monroe County had nine infant deaths related to unsafe sleep practices.