Kanabec Hospital Graduates 20 Students as “Safe Sitters”

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 at 10:06 am

Kanabec Hospital’s team of Safe Sitter instructors traveled to Braham on November 8th.  This class was offered through Braham Community Education for the first time.  A total of 20 students graduated.

The medically accurate, hands-on class teaches girls and boys ages 11 to 13 how to be safe, nurturing babysitters.  Safe Sitter students learn how to respond appropriately to medical emergencies, how to keep themselves safe, when and how to call for help, and how to understand and deal with children of different ages.  They also learn about the business aspect of babysitting.  Safe Sitter graduates are more confident and capable caregivers.  To successfully complete the program, students must pass a practical and written test to show they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.  Upon completion students receive a babysitting bag along with a first aid kit and flashlight.

Kanabec Hospital is the only local provider for the Safe Sitter program and just one of five throughout Minnesota.  The hospital brought the program to the area in July of 2005.  To date, Kanabec Hospital has had 530 graduates in this program.

Kanabec Hospital’s next Safe Sitter class is scheduled in Cambridge for January 17th.  During the month of June there will be a class offered in Mora and also at two other sites that have not been determined at this time.   Classes are limited to 24 students and they do tend to fill up quickly.  For more information call Ronda, Volunteer Coordinator and Certified Safe Coordinator, at 320-225-3321.

Kanabec Hospital is located at the junction of Highways 65 and 23 in Mora.  The main telephone numbers are 320-679-1212, 320-629-9993 and 800-245-5671.  More information about the hospital can be found at www.kanabechospital.org.

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