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Susquehanna Health Offers Safe Sitter Course for Tweens and Teens

Williamsport, PA (PRWEB) May 23, 2013

Susquehanna Health is now a Registered Safe Sitter® Teaching Site, offering a comprehensive babysitting training course for adolescents age 11 and up.

This nationally-recognized program was developed by Indianapolis pediatrician Dr. Patricia Keener after a colleague’s toddler choked to death while in the care of an adult sitter who didn’t know how to provide first aid. Safe Sitter® is a well-rounded youth development program with a medical basis that aims to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by young teen babysitters. The program follows American Heart Association standards for rescue skills as well as instruction in first aid techniques from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Students who complete the Safe Sitter® program gain confidence and learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. The course also covers infant and child choking rescue and CPR, and trains participants to care for a child based on their age, prevent problem behavior, run their own babysitting business, and discusses issues of cellphone and online safety.

To graduate from the Safe Sitter® course and receive a completion card, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test that indicates their mastery of key concepts and life and safety skills. Graduates are able to handle emergencies when caring for younger children and are equally equipped with the tools needed to safely stay home alone. Over 600,000 graduates have completed the course in hundreds of cities across the country.

“Susquehanna Health’s LifeCenter is pleased to provide this much needed program to tweens and teens in our area,” said Health Educator and LifeCenter Coordinator Robin Dawson. “We chose the Safe Sitter curriculum because we believe it will equip our youth to become competent caregivers of children and positively impact lives throughout our region.”

This program is provided by Susquehanna Health’s LifeCenter and Family Center for Reproductive Health, in collaboration with Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The first class will be offered with very limited seating on Wednesday, June 12 from 10 am to 5 pm at The LifeCenter, Lycoming Mall, Pennsdale. Additional classes will be offered July 24 and August 14. The fee is $25 and includes a copy of The Official Safe Sitter® Babysitter’s Handbook. Scholarships may be available based on need. To register for this program, please call 1-877-883-4791.

For more information about Susquehanna Health, visit Information about the Safe Sitter® organization is available at or by calling National Headquarters at 1-800-255-4089.

About Susquehanna Health
Susquehanna Health is a four-hospital integrated health system including Divine Providence Hospital, Muncy Valley Hospital, Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital and Williamsport Regional Medical Center located in north central Pennsylvania. Serving patients from an 11-county region, Susquehanna Health is a healthcare leader and has been recognized at the national and state levels for quality of care. Susquehanna Health offers a wide array of services that include cancer care, heart and vascular care/heart surgery, neurosciences including neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, OB/GYN, gastrointestinal services, behavioral health, physical rehabilitation, home care, long term care, assisted living and paramedic/ambulance services.

About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Since 2007, BCNEPA and Susquehanna Health have collaborated on community health outreach and early intervention programs for Lycoming County residents through joint sponsorship of The LifeCenter.

Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, BCNEPA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCNEPA offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to nearly 540,000 individuals in 13 counties in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. The company's mission is to provide integrated health care services and products to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the populations it serves.

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