Floyd Memorial Celebrates 25 Years of Safer Babysitting

February 17, 2010

In 1984, Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services became the third site in the country to offer a program for young teens focused entirely on polishing their babysitting knowledge while also teaching basic business skills.

Twenty-five years later, Floyd Memorial is one of 900 locations to offer the Safe Sitter® program, and the hospital’s staff has trained over 2,500 new babysitters about the profound responsibilities of nurturing and protecting children.

“We are proud to invest in these young teens’ lives,” said Shannon Carroll, RN, Healthier Community Initiative Coordinator at Floyd Memorial. “Safe Sitter® not only teaches babysitting skills, such as what to do in an emergency, but also prepares participants by teaching them life skills they need to be successful adults.”

Founded in 1980 by an Indianapolis pediatrician, the Safe Sitter® program teaches new babysitters about how to handle crises, how to keep their charges safe, and how to nurture and guide a young child.  Safe Sitter® is currently taught in all 50 states and in England.

Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services received an award from Safe Sitter® for its dedication to the program, which Carroll looks forward to continuing.

“It is rare for a hospital to remain a Safe Sitter® site for this long, and I think our commitment to the program is part of our overall philosophy to deliver family-based health care to the community,” said Carroll. “We are looking forward to the next 25 years.”

The next Safe Sitter program at Floyd Memorial will be offered on Tuesday, March 23 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Participants must be between 11 and 13 years of age. The cost is $40, and pre-registration is required.  Call 1-800-4-SOURCE or visit www.floydmemorial.com to register.