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MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OFFERS SAFE SITTER COURSES FOR YOUNG TEENS

February 07, 2018

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Teens in Mt. Washington Valley can once again locally receive comprehensive babysitting training, including CPR. Offered right here in our community, Memorial Hospital’s new schedule of classes are designed to help babysitters prevent injuries and handle emergencies when home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting.

Two sessions are being offered, on Tuesday, February 20 and Friday, March 23, from 9am – 3:30pm. Both classes will take place on the upper level of the outpatient physical therapy building just north of Memorial Hospital’s main building on Route 16 in North Conway. Advance registration is required online at memorial.coursestorm.com/category/babysitting-training. Each class is limited to 10 participants. Early registration is highly recommended.

The cost is only $50 per student, and scholarships are available for those who cannot otherwise afford to attend. The course will be taught by Memorial Hospital nursing staff, including Linda Taylor, Pam Bormann and Jessica Whitaker.

Memorial Hospital has become a Registered Safe Sitter® Teaching Site and now offers the life and safety training program for young teens, grades 6-8. More than 600,000 graduates have completed Safe Sitter® at over 900 Teaching Sites across the country.

Injuries are the leading cause of death in children up to age 5. Safe Sitter® aims to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by young teen caretakers. The program follows American Heart Association standards for rescue skills and instruction in first aid techniques from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The nationally-recognized program was developed by pediatrician Dr. Patricia Keener after a colleague’s toddler choked to death while in the care of an adult sitter who didn’t know what to do. Students who complete a Safe Sitter® course gain confidence and learn how, why, and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. They are taught infant and child choking rescue and CPR. They also learn how a child’s age affects the care they receive, how to prevent problem behavior, how to run their own babysitting business, and issues in online and cellphone safety.

Students who graduate from a Safe Sitter® course receive a completion card that demonstrates they know how to use their skills in situations they encounter.

For more information about the classes, contact Memorial Hospital at 603-356-5461 ext. 2264. To qualify for a need-based scholarship, students should inquire at their local school nurse’s office or with their school wellness coordinator. More classes are planned for 2018.

For more information about the Safe Sitter® organization, contact National Headquarters at 317.596.5001 or visit safesitter.org

About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women's health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer's and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.

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