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What:

Experience has shown that women in crisis are more likely to entrust their baby to an EMT than to a hospital. To make the process easier and to save more babies who might otherwise be unsafely abandoned, St. Joseph Hospital will partner with Hunter EMS to join the fleet of New York State AMT Children of Hope ambulances. The initiative visually identifies ambulances as Baby Safe Haven sites through the addition of the familiar Safe Haven logo. This event will help to close National Baby Safe Haven Awareness Month, which is observed in April.

The ambulance signage, funded by AMT Children of Hope, is part of a broader national campaign to raise awareness of the Safe Haven legislation and authorized, participating sites. St. Joseph Hospital, a member of Catholic Health Services (CHS), was already a designated Safe Haven as are all CHS hospitals. To date, 2,892 babies have been safely relinquished nationally.

In 2000, Timothy Jaccard, president/director of AMT Children of Hope Foundation/ Baby Safe Haven Program, helped to author New York’s Safe Haven bill, which was signed into law to provide those in crisis the option to leave an infant at a hospital, fire station or police station or with any responsible individual, with no legal repercussions and no questions asked. Jaccard, who is also president of the National Safe Haven Alliance in Washington, DC, was instrumental in the adoption of similar legislation in all 50 states. Eventually, all ambulances across the country will be identified as Safe Haven sites.

Visuals:

Installation of the new Baby Safe Haven signage on St. Joseph’s ambulances; interviews with key leaders

Who:

Congressman Peter King, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, AMT Children of Hope President/Director Timothy Jaccard and
St. Joseph Hospital’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Drew Pallas

When:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 11:00 am

Where:

St. Joseph Hospital’s ambulance bay, 4295 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage

Please call:

Chris Hendriks at 631) 335-6780