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Safe Kids Spokane Program Transitions To Providence

March 21, 2012

Refocused Efforts a Win-Win For Spokane's Children

Spokane, Washington—Oversight of Safe Kids Spokane, a collaborative group whose goal is to reduce unintended injuries among kids, has transitioned from the Spokane Regional Health District to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

“When you look at the core elements of Safe Kids—child-passenger safety, pedestrian safety, helmet education, and drowning and fire prevention—it makes perfect sense that Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital would assume leadership of the program,” said Susan Stacey, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital executive director. “Spokane Regional Health District has paved the way for success with the program and we’re excited to grow on the opportunity.”

“Our community recognizes that everyone deserves a healthy start in life," said Dr. Joel McCullough, the district's regional health officer. “Preventing injuries in children is vital to this effort. With the existing injury prevention work of Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and its expertise and focus specifically on children, we’re confident Safe Kids will be in good hands.”

The worldwide movement that became Safe Kids started in 1987 at the National Children’s Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Affiliated with Safe Kids Worldwide, Safe Kids Spokane began more than a decade ago, joining a global network of organizations with a mission of preventing unintentional childhood injury, a leading cause of death and disability for children ages 14 and under.

About Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital is committed to meeting the unique needs of children and families throughout the inland northwest, offering the area’s only pediatric intensive care, psychiatry, hematology and oncology programs, as well as specialized emergency/trauma care for children with emergent medical needs. For more information, visit www.shmcchildren.org.

About Spokane Regional Health District

More information can be found at www.srhd.org. SRHD’s website offers comprehensive, updated information about Spokane Regional Health District and its triumphs in making Spokane a safer and healthier community.