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Caledonia Home Health Care & Hospice, a division of Northern Counties Health Care (NCHC), is pleased to announce a recent donation of 20 Graco Pack ‘N Playards from Building Bright Futures of Vermont to support the Maternal Child Health Department’s Safe Sleep Program.

The Safe Sleep Program is designed to support new mothers who do not have a safe sleep environment for their infants. The program provides a safe sleeping location as well as additional support via home health visits by a Maternal Child Health Nurse who meets with mother and baby.

“We are so grateful for the donation from Building Bright Futures and ongoing collaboration from the Vermont Department of Health who helped bring this effort into fruition,” said Magdalene Miller, NCHC’s Maternal Child Health Manager. “We appreciate our close network of community partners who consistently endorse our efforts to support new and growing families in the Northeast Kingdom. The nurse home visitors are eager to share this exciting program with families.”

Magdalene Miller noted that the donation from Building Bright Futures of Vermont will allow the Safe Sleep Program to continue for another year.

"Building Bright Futures is pleased to be part of the community effort to support our public health partners in delivering this important service to families in our region," said Linda Michiewicz, Building Bright Futures Regional Coordinator for Caledonia, Orleans and Essex counties.

“Supporting safe sleep is a family and community effort. It is one of the earliest and most important steps we can take towards advancing Public Health,” added James Biernat, RN, MSN, Maternal Child Health Coordinator at Vermont Department of Health’s Newport Office.

The Maternal Child Health Department includes five programs, from preventative support to families through assessment and education, to pediatric high-tech, and palliative care services. Preventive services are offered throughout the Northeast Kingdom. If you or someone you know may benefit from the support of a nurse home visitor in your pregnancy or early parenthood, please contact the agency at 802-748-8116.

Northern Counties Health Care encompasses five community health centers, three dental centers, and a certified home health care & hospice division providing a full spectrum of quality, affordable, and compassionate health care services to patients of all ages, throughout the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. For more information, visit www.nchcvt.org.

Caledonia Home Health Care & Hospice, a division of Northern Counties Health Care, donated 20 playards from Building Bright Futures of Vermont to support the Maternal Child Health Department’s Safe Sleep Program. L-R: Caledonia Home Health Care & Hospice staff Maternal Child Health Nurse Christina Olcott, RN, MSN; Maternal Child Health Manager Magdalene Miller, RN, BSN, CLC; and Maternal Child Health Nurse Kathryn Davis, RN, CLC.