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Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation to Match Cribs for Kids® Program Pledges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Contact: Peggy Vidal, Regional Health Marketing, (605) 719-5630
Barb Buhler, South Dakota Department of Health, (605) 773-3361 


Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation to Match Cribs for Kids® Program Pledges


RAPID CITY, SD – The Rapid City Regional Hospital (RCRH) Foundation today announced its pledge to match up to $5,000 in donations to the Cribs for Kids® program, one outcome of  the South Dakota Governor’s Task Force on Infant Mortality. The announcement was made during the noon Rotary meeting in Rapid City today.


First Lady Linda Daugaard, the chair the Governor’s Task Force on Infant Mortality, spoke at the meeting and talked about her deep commitment to the health and well-being of all South Dakota children. She said the Cribs for Kids® program will provide cribs to families in need of a safe sleep environment for their infant. Safe sleep environments include placing the baby on their back to sleep, eliminating bed sharing, using a firm sleep surface with only a fitted sheet, removing soft objects and loose bedding from the crib, prohibiting smoking around the baby, and avoiding overheating of the baby. Such practices can lower the risk for sleep-related infant deaths, including SIDS.


For the years 2000-2010, South Dakota’s infant mortality rate was 7 per 1,000 births, which was higher than the national rate for the U.S. and higher than those of neighboring North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Montana.


Funding support from multiple partners will be necessary to make  the Cribs for Kids® program a reality in South Dakota. First Lady Daugaard thanked Rapid City Regional Hospital for its commitment to challenge others to make donations and then match them.


“We’re thrilled that the Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation has stepped forward to help make safe sleep environments possible for more South Dakota babies,” said Daugaard. “We appreciate this generous contribution and we’re hopeful other organizations will follow suit.”


Angie Kliewer, Director of the RCRH Foundation, said the Foundation did not hesitate to back the program when it learned of the need.


 “When an opportunity is given to have a positive impact on the life of a child, we’re very happy to step forward and provide our support. We challenge other West River organizations, businesses, and individuals to join us in donating to Cribs for Kids,” said Kliewer.”


To contribute  to Cribs for Kids®, contact Colleen Winter at the South Dakota Department of Health, 800-738-2301.