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Indiana Bicentennial Commission Names Greene County General Hospital's Baby Bundles As Official Legacy Project
Updated September 4, 2015 7:18 AM | Filed under: Health
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When Greene County General Hospital staff met with Becky Skillman of Indiana's Bicentennial Commission, they explained the importance of the hospital's Sweet Dreams Baby Bundles. Pictured, l-r: OB Nurse Manager Teresa Hutton; Foundation Coordinator Kyle Cross; Bicentennial Commission Co-Chair/Radius Indiana President and CEO Becky Skillman; Quality Assurance Director Melissa Abbott; and Chief Nursing Officer Lea Ann Camp.
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(BLOOMFIELD) - The Indiana Bicentennial Commission has officially endorsed Greene County General Hospital's Sweet Dreams Baby Bundles program as a Legacy Project.

The Greene County Daily World reports, the project is designed to help combat Indiana's higher infant mortality rate through safe sleep, prenatal care, breast-feeding, and smoking cessation for mothers. Expecting mothers complete a full continuum of care, deliver at the hospital, and come in for follow up appointments to receive the sturdy cardboard box, full of all the essentials for baby's first few months.

Commission Co-Chair, Becky Skillman, visited the hospital to talk to staff and see the Baby Bundles first hand. She was able to report back to the Commission on the quality and planning involved in the project.

"I was very impressed with the Sweet Dreams Baby Bundles program," Skillman told the Greene County Daily World. "When I visited Greene County General, the staff brought me up to the hospital's renovated OB wing, where I was able to see and touch the boxes. They are filled with every good thing new parents need -- right down to the box itself, which doubles as a bassinet. This is exactly the kind of project the Commission wants to support."

Legacy Projects are designed to highlight the best of the state, its 200 years of history, and the hope for continued progress. They must also be publicly accessible with clearly achievable goals. The Sweet Dreams Baby Bundles met those requirements, and the program and the hospital are now listed on the Commission's official website, Indiana2016.org. Greene County General Hospital will also be able to use the Commission's seal as it pursues future grant opportunities.

Greene County General Hospital Foundation Coordinator Kyle Cross says the Foundation applies for a lot of competitive grants and being able to tell officials that the Baby Bundles project is a state-recognized program means a lot when scoring the grant request.

Perry Hammock, Bicentennial Commission Executive Director, said that he believed the project would be a great contribution to Indiana's legacy. He went on to say that the Commission and its partners have a shared goal to make Indiana's 200th birthday an event in which Hoosiers in all 92 counties will take great pride and start everyone out on the right foot for the next 100 years.

To learn more about Legacy Projects, visit the Bicentennial Commission website at www.indiana2016.org.



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