Health Center Receives Champion Designation

By: Boone County Health Center

November 3, 2021: Boone County Health Center (BCHC) in Albion was recently recognized as an Abusive Head Trauma / Shaken Baby Prevention Education Champion. To become an AHT/SBS Prevention Hospital Champion, the hospital signs a pledge, creates or updates an AHT/SBS policy, provides yearly education to hospital personnel, educates parents with evidence-based AHT/SBS materials in accordance with Nebraska Revised Statute 71-2103, and incorporates The Crying Plan into post-discharge patient calls.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Maternal Infant Health Program Manager, Jackie Moline was at BCHC on October 26 to speak about the value of safe sleep for newborns. She also presented BCHC the “Safe Sleep Hospital Champion” certificate.

“The education provided by this program is wonderful for our staff and patients. Newborn safety is our number one priority. We want to give new parents the tools to keep their babies safe,” said Obstetrics (OB) Director Maria Kinney.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in collaboration with the Nebraska Hospital Association, the Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative, and the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska, has launched the Nebraska AHT/SBS Prevention Education Hospital Campaign. The campaign provides evidence-based education and training to parents of newborns as well as birthing hospital staff.

Resources are available to help hospitals become AHT/SBS Prevention Education Hospital Champions including an AHT/SBS Toolkit – Learn more about Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome and The Crying Plan at –

Pictured L2R: Angie Schalk, RN; Sara Francis, RN; Brooke Iverson, RN; Maria Kinney, RN & OB Director; Jackie Moline – Maternal/Infant Health Program Coordinator; Kendra Vogel, RN; Cindy Lesiak, RN & VP of Patient Services; Barbie Herchenbach, RN and Courtney Schindler, RT.