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
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
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.
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.