HMEC Offers Safe Sitter® Program
05/30/2008

STEPHENVILLE, Texas – While a comprehensive training manual has yet to be invented for parents, a training manual is available to teenagers ages 11 to 13 who are interested in babysitting to earn extra money. Harris Methodist Erath County is offering a Safe Sitter® class this summer to teach adolescent babysitters how to handle crisis, how to keep their charges secure, and how to nurture and guide a young child.

“Babysitting is a huge responsibility,” said Jennifer McMeens, certified Safe Sitter instructor and perinatal educator at Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital. “This course helps the babysitters understand what is involved and how to handle most situations, and parents can feel confident that their babysitter has been properly trained.”

The classes will be taught by a certified Safe Sitter instructor on June 9-10, July 14-15 and August 11-12. There is a $40 cost to cover the materials and classes are limited to 12 students. To register, call 1-888-4-HARRIS.

Classes are also available by appointment for groups such as Sunday School classes and Girl Scouts.

About Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital
Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital is a 98-bed community hospital that provides health care for residents in Erath and the surrounding counties. As one of 13 hospitals in the Texas Health Resources system, Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital offers the compassion, respect, and commitment nurtured by one of the largest faith-based nonprofit hospital systems in the United States.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR’s family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.