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HackensackUMC to Offer Safe Sitter® Course on June 30 – Only Site in Bergen County

June 1, 2013 09:49 AM


                Hackensack University Medical Center is proud to be the only site in Bergen County offering Safe Sitter® training, a one-day babysitting course for teens ages 11 to 13. The training will take place on Saturday, June 30 at HackensackUMC from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

                “HackensackUMC prides itself on its community outreach and education, and we are pleased to offer this life-saving Safe Sitter training to our local young residents,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of HackensackUMC. “Babysitting is a tremendous responsibility and we are happy to share in the training for safe practices.”

Developed in 1980 by pediatrician Patricia A. Keener, M.D., Safe Sitter® is a medically-accurate instructional program designed for young adolescents which includes child-care techniques, basic first aid, rescue techniques, babysitting as a business, and online and cell phone safety. Since its inception, it has offered classes to more than 500,000 students at 900 teaching sites.  Safe Sitters® will learn: how, why and where injuries happen so they can prevent them; how to decide the seriousness of an injury if it does happen; how to get help, if needed;  how to keep themselves safe when babysitting or at home alone; how a child's age affects how to care for them; how to prevent problem behavior; how to rescue a choking infant or child; how to run a babysitting business; and how to perform infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Students must be at least 11 years old to register and the cost is $70 per student. Pre-registration is required and enrollment is limited. To enroll your son or daughter or your babysitter in the Safe Sitter® course scheduled for Saturday, June 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., please contact the HackensackUMC Life Support Training Center at 551-996-2401 or email: Scholarships are available based on financial need.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a non-profit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, New Jersey, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state, and home to the only Level II Trauma Center in the county. This 775-bed facility has gone beyond traditional thinking by creating an entire campus of care, including: the Heart & Vascular Hospital, the John Theurer Cancer Center, the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital. As a result of using science and creativity to push medicine further, HackensackUMC has been named one of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® and one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades®. It is listed among the Leapfrog Top Hospitals List, received 17 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission,  is ranked in Cancer, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, and Geriatrics by U.S. News and World Report's "2011-12 Best Hospitals" list, is ranked in eight specialties on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals Metro Area Top 10,” is listed as one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review, and is a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence, the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation. The medical center is the hometown hospital of the New York Giants and the New Jersey Nets, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more about one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals, visit:   



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