For Immediate Release July 05, 2023

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Holly Basta, Media Relations Manager, UM BWMC E: P: 240-581-4121

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (July 5, 2023) –UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center received the gold level "Safe Sleep" recertification from Cribs for Kids. This is the second time the hospital has met the high standards set by the third-party organization, and reaffirms the hospital's position as a leader in maternity and pediatric care, and highlights UM BWMC's unwavering commitment to ensuring a safe and secure sleeping environment for infants.

Ensuring hospital care teams and families have the resources to promote safe sleep practices is important as it helps reduce the risk of sudden infant death (SID), accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed (ASSB), and unsafe sleep injuries for infants. This spring, the American Academic of Pediatrics reported that the rate of SIDs increased 15% between 2019 to 2020, moving from the fourth to the third leading cause of infant death in the United States.

"At UM BWMC, we are committed to ensure that families in Anne Arundel County have the care and resources they need to promote safe and healthy beginnings for their babies, both here at our hospital and at home," said Kathy McCollum, CEO and President at UM BWMC. "The gold level recertification from Cribs for Kids is a testament to our team's exceptional dedication to caring for our youngest patients and assuring their families that the care they receive meets the highest standards of excellence."

Cribs for Kids is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths through education, awareness and the provision of safe sleep resources. The gold level recertification recognizes UM BWMC's efforts to provide infants with safe sleep spaces and its commitment to ensuring parents are equipped with the necessary knowledge and resources to practice safe sleep habits at home.

To achieve recertification, the hospital underwent a rigorous evaluation, including a review of its staff education, policy implementation and community outreach initiatives. UM BWMC's comprehensive educational program contains information and resources for both team members and families. The program includes training sessions, informational materials and individualized guidance to ensure that all caregivers have a deep understanding of safe sleep practices. UM BWMC also collaborates with community organizations and local healthcare providers to offer educational outreach programs such as Nest to Nurture, a prenatal education program that promotes healthy pregnancies for parents to be and safe and well beginnings for their babies.

"We are honored to be recognized by Cribs for Kids for our commitment to safe sleep practices and helping families prepare for healthy beginnings for their babies," said Kendra Coles, Director of Women's and Children's Services at UM BWMC. "This recertification reflects the dedication and hard work of our outstanding team, who go above and beyond to offer support, resources and encouragement to families to reduce the risk of infant deaths associated with unsafe sleep practices in the communities we serve."

Learn more about UM BWMC's maternity and infant care services and resources.

About the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) is an acute-care facility that is part of the University of Maryland Medical System. It is located in Glen Burnie, Maryland and has 314 beds and more than 3,100 team members. It also has 1,200 medical providers on staff in over 50 specialties. For more information, visit

About the University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is an academic private health system, focused on delivering compassionate, high quality care and putting discovery and innovation into practice at the bedside. Partnering with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore who educate the state’s future health care professionals, UMMS is an integrated network of care, delivering 25 percent of all hospital care in urban, suburban and rural communities across the state of Maryland. UMMS puts academic medicine within reach through primary and specialty care delivered at 11 hospitals, including the flagship University of Maryland Medical Center, the System's anchor institution in downtown Baltimore, as well as through a network of University of Maryland Urgent Care centers and more than 150 other locations in 13 counties. For more information, visit