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Stephens Memorial Hospital becomes Safe Sitter® Teaching Site

NORWAY, ME - In an effort to make our community a safer place for children, Stephens Memorial Hospital is now a Safe Sitter® teaching site.  Instructors will be Alison Newton, RN, and Linda Taylor, RN who enjoy teaching and are passionate about the need for Safe Sitter® training.

Safe Sitter® (www.safesitter.org) is a medically accurate program that teaches 11 to 13 year-olds how to be safe, nurturing babysitters.  Dr. Patricia Keener, an Indianapolis, IN pediatrician, developed the Safe Sitter® program in 1980 after a colleague's child choked to death while in the care of an adult sitter.  The goal of the Safe Sitter® program is to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by babysitters.

Over 400,000 young adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter® to handle life-threatening emergencies.  Students get hands-on practice in lifesaving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis.  They learn safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door.  They learn basic child development as well as the business aspects of babysitting.

To successfully complete the Safe Sitter® program, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test to show that they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.

Classes will begin at Stephens Memorial Hospital in June. Classes will be offered during the summer vacation and other school vacation times.  The schedule for 2006 will be from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM June 20 & 22; July 19 & 21; August 16 & 18; December 27 & 29.  The cost is $30.00.  Please call 207-743-1562 x380 to sign up for classes and further information.

Stephens Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of Western Maine Health, which is part of the Maine Health® family.  Visit Western Maine Health on the Internet at www.wmhcc.org.

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