Public Comment Invited on Child Care Services Initiative

6/16/2014 12:00 AM

​News Release
For Immediate Release

June 16, 2014

Contact: Monique Danziger, PeaceHealth Media Relations
Office: (541) 686-3657, cell: (202) 904-3113

Sacred Heart Medical Center Invites Public Comment on Child Care Services Initiative 

(Springfield, Ore.)—PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is inviting feedback on an initiative to provide child care to the hospital’s patients and visitors. 

“Patient surveys have revealed a significant need among patients and visitors for safe, reliable child care during visits,” said Sharri da Silva, Director of Volunteer Services. “We are seeking community input on how we can design a child care facility that best suits patient and visitor needs.”

The survey is open to the public and may be accessed here ​(https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RiverBendKidsPlay). It will remain open through 4 p.m. on Friday, July 18. Everyone who fills out and submits a survey will be entered to win a $10 Café Yumm gift card. 

“Our plans for the child care center are part of a larger initiative to support healthy children—from safety education to supporting breastfeeding by new mothers,” said da Silva. “We are currently consulting with a state child care certifier on the center’s design and will be hiring a child care manager with a degree in early childhood education. The center itself will be staffed by a combination of early childhood education interns, practicum students and highly skilled and trained volunteers.”

The facility will offer by-appointment and drop-in child care for newborns through 10-year-olds. There will not be food service provided, although parents are encouraged to bring food ordrinks for their children. The center will feature a range of play and educational opportunities and activities for children and also will include a place for nursing mothers to feed their babies. Child safety information and support will be available (such as bike helmets). 

Child care services will be low cost or no cost, with donations accepted. 

The information collected through the surveys will help guide the development process with respect to providing care that is comprehensive and meets parents’ needs. 

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