Safe Sitter Courses Offered

Classes are offered at both hospitals.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for children ages 11-13 to attend Safe Sitter courses that will be held at Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital this summer.



The purpose of Safe Sitter is to increase the ability of young adolescents to provide safe, nurturing care for children. The long-term goal is to prepare young people for their future responsibilities as parents. In addition, Safe Sitter provides many ancillary benefits to adolescents including enhanced self-esteem and the development of pre-employment skills.



To be a graduate of the Safe Sitter program, children must complete a course which includes general information about the business of babysitting, child development facts about various age groups, safety tips, first aid information, procedures to use if a child chokes, and directions for rescue breathing.



The Safe Sitter program was developed in 1980 by an Indianapolis pediatrician, Dr. Patricia Keener, in response to the accidental death of a nurse's young child while in the care of a babysitter. Realizing that the scene in the hospital emergency room happened too often, Keener developed Safe Sitter to educate young babysitters how to handle common emergencies.



The OVMC courses will be held May 16th, July 31st, and Oct. 12th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The courses will be held in OVMC's Nurses' Residence Living Room. To reserve a spot in an OVMC course and request an application, call (304) 234-1606.



EORH's Safe Sitter courses will be held on May 16th, June 12th, and Aug. 13th. The courses will be held also from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the R.H. Wilson Conference Room at EORH. Class sizes are limited to 10 participants, and reservations can be made by calling (740) 633-6634.



There is no cost to take the class as it is sponsored by the education department at both hospitals. Early registration is highly recommended, as the classes are limited in size. For more information, about the Safe Sitter program, visit their web site at



Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling, W. Va., and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry, Ohio, are a 340-bed combined organization with more than 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive orthopedic centers of excellence, behavioral and mental health services and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River. We are the Ohio Valley's community hospitals.