Leesburg, VA — June 16, 2014 — Inova Loudoun Hospital will offer Safe Sitter® classes for girls and boys age 11 to 13. The Safe Sitter® classes will be taught several days over the summer from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Lansdowne Campus, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Conference Rooms A & B, Leesburg. Students need to only attend one class. Classes will take place Friday, June 27; Wednesday, July 23; Saturday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 19.

Safe Sitter® is a medically accurate, competency-based, highly structured babysitting preparation course designed for 11-13 year olds. The curriculum, written by a pediatrician includes: babysitting as a business, success on the job, childcare essentials, safety for the sitter, injury management, preventing problem behavior, care of choking infant and care of the choking child. The class will provide expanded information on preventing injuries and behavior management.

The cost is $75 and includes the student handbook and snacks during the day. Students need to bring a packed lunch or they may purchase lunch in the hospital cafeteria.  To register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter, call (703) 858-8818 or email charlene.martin@inova.org. Advance registration is required.

Thousands of young adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter® to handle life threatening emergencies.  During the course, students will get hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis.  Safe sitters also receive helpful tips to make them more confident caregivers.  They learn safety precautions, how to understand children of different ages, and even the business of babysitting.

To successfully complete the Safe Sitter® program, students must pass a practical and written test to show that they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.

Media Contact: Renee Brohard, 540-454-3493, renee.brohard@inova.org

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Inova Loudoun Hospital, serving Loudoun County for over 100 years, is part of Inova, a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that consists of hospitals and other health services, including emergency- and urgent-care centers, home care, nursing homes, mental health and blood donor services, and wellness classes. Governed by a voluntary board of community members, Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. Visit us on the web at www.inova.org/ilh. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InovaLoudounHospital.

About Inova
Inova is a not-for-profit health care system located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, serving over two million people with over 1,700 licensed beds based in Northern Virginia. Inova consists of five hospitals including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care unit. Inova encompasses many health services including the nationally and internationally recognized Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) on genomics, Inova Neuroscience Institute and Inova Children’s Hospital. Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. More information and statistics about Inova is at www.inova.org.