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TriStar Summit labor and delivery nurses are pictured with the milestone award from Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care for their efforts in the safe to sleep project. 

TriStar Summit Medical Center was recently awarded a milestone award by Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care for its progress in the safe to sleep project.

The milestone award is based on participation, monthly data collection, crib audits and noted improvements in their safe-sleep practices.

“At TriStar Summit, our patients receive safe sleep education and instruction in addition to other resources for both parents and caregivers. These collaborative efforts decrease the number of sleep-related deaths in Tennessee. Continued education, awareness and active modeling of Safe Sleep practices strengthen the team’s effectiveness in ensuring that each baby has a strong start. This is important while in the hospital and especially at home as parents and caregivers are prepared to continue adherence to the latest American Academy of Pediatrics safe sleep recommendations,” said registered nurse Suzanne Long, women’s services manager.

The Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care is the state’s perinatal quality collaborative. Hospital teams volunteer to work on projects to improve the care and outcomes for mothers and babies across the state.

TriStar Summit Medical Center offers a well-baby nursery and a 10-bed neonatal intensive care unit managed by a specially trained team of nurses and providers caring for more than 1,000 births in 2020.

The most recent data in Tennessee on sleep-related deaths in 2019 showed 103 infants died due to sleep related deaths. The data shows why it is essential to follow the simple ABCs of safe sleep – alone, on their backs and in a crib – to ensure every baby may reach their first birthday.

“The work in Tennessee around perinatal health has never been more important. Engaged teams across the state are showing remarkable progress in making Tennessee the best state to be born in,” said executive director Brenda Barker.

For more information about how TriStar Summit helps babies sleep safe, contact Lindsey Leasure, director of women’s services at TriStar Summit Medical Center at 615-316-4246. The Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care is funded by a grant from Tennessee through the Department of Health. Its goal is to engage providers across the perinatal spectrum in statewide, evidence-based and data-driven quality improvement projects. Visit for more information.

For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Summit, call TriStar MedLine at 615-342-1919 or visit

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