Kanabec Hospital Sees More ‘Safer Sitter’ Graduates

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 7:08 am

Kanabec Hospital’s hugely popular Safe Sitter program continues to attract area students. The most recent class was through Cambridge-Isanti Community Education.  A total of 24 students graduated in January.

Safe Sitter is the only national not-for-profit course that is solely devoted to babysitting training. This course was written by Dr. Patrician Keener who is a board certified Pediatrician and Neonatologist. It is the mission of Safe Sitter to prepare young adolescents for the profound responsibilities of nurturing and protecting children. The organization believes in the intrinsic worth of all children from infancy through adolescence; also in the importance of protecting the health and welfare of children. This includes providing nurturing, positive experiences. There are over 150 documented lifesaving cases among graduates.

Kanabec Hospital is the only local provider for the Safe Sitter program and just one of five throughout Minnesota. To date, there have been over 550 graduates from Mora, Ogilvie, Pine City, Hinckley, Finlayson, Brook Park, Grasston, Braham, Rush City, Stanchfield, Cambridge, Isanti, East Bethel, Dalbo, Milaca, Isle, Stacy, North Branch, Onamia, Wahkon, Princeton and Cedar.

Kanabec Hospital’s next Safe Sitter class will be in June. Applicants need to be at least 11 years of age. For more information call Ronda, Program Coordinator and Certified Safe Sitter Instructor, at 320-225-3321, or visit www.safesitter.org.

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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