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Crib Safety: “If You Can ‘Can’ It, Ban It”


A summertime tradition, garage and yard sales are here once again. And while you can find some great bargains and interesting new finds, you should keep some safety tips in mind if you are hunting for a crib.


Eric A Yancy, MD 2.8.12“Many families have vintage cribs from relatives or neighbors that have been passed down from older children and previous generations. If these cribs were built before 2011, it is likely they aren’t up to today’s crib standards,” said MHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric A. Yancy. “Today’s standards don’t allow for the crib slats to be more than six centimeters apart.”


Dr. Yancy said a good way to measure this is with a soda can. If the can passes through the crib slats, it’s probably not a safe crib, meaning the slats are further apart than allowed. “Slats that are far apart may lead to infant entrapment and strangulation. If you can ‘can’ it, ban it.”


Also, drop-side cribs, while convenient, are also unsafe. Faulty mechanisms have allowed the drop sides to cause strangulation deaths. They are no longer considered safe and shouldn’t be used. Headboard “cut-outs” on a crib are also not recommended because of the safety issue of entrapment.













Dr. Yancy has some additional tips for crib safety:

  • There should be no pillows or toys in the crib, which could cause suffocation.
  • The mattress should be relatively firm. The baby shouldn’t be able to sink into the coverings.
  • Keep a monitor near the crib at all times.
  • Remove knobs or attachable toys from the crib to prevent the baby’s clothing from getting caught, which could cause choking.
  • Keep the crib away from windows.
  • Lower the crib mattress as the baby changes stages, from rolling to pulling up to standing, to prevent falls from the crib.



Managed Health Services (MHS) is a Coles client. The Coles team helped spread the word … check out some interviews we helped coordinate that Dr. Yancy did with Indianapolis-area media about crib safety:

“Garage sale crib bargain may pose safety threat” (WISH-TV, Channel 8)

Video: Crib Safety (WISH-TV, Channel 8)

“In the market for a crib? Beware if shopping used!” (WXIN-TV, FOX 59)


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MHS Sponsors Project Home Indy Mother’s Day Brunch


Kelly Krauskopf, president and general manager of the WNBA Indiana Fever, will be the keynote speaker at Project Home Indy’s Mother’s Day Brunch. It is presented by community partner Managed Health Services (MHS).


The third annual Boutiques and Brunch Benefit takes place Sunday, May 4 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Crane Bay, 551 West Merrill St. in Indianapolis.


This fundraising event is meant to honor and pamper those special women in our lives — moms, grandmas, sisters, aunts and friends who are both mentors and role models.


Krauskopf, the Indiana Fever’s chief operating officer since the franchise was founded in 1999, was named general manager in 2004 and then team president in 2012, when the team won the WNBA championship. She has been a member of the committee to select the women’s roster for the Olympics since 2000 and was in the forefront of the development of the league.


FeverLogoIF YOU GO:

  • Boutiques and Brunch Benefit
  • For Project Home Indy
  • Sunday, May 4
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • The Crane Bay, 551 West Merrill St., Indianapolis
  • Browse boutique booths with jewelry, clothing, accessories, novelty candy treats and more. Each boutique will donate 20% of sales to Project Home Indy.
  • Individual tickets are $45. This includes brunch, access to the boutiques as well as hear Krauskopf’s inspiring story.
  • To register: https://www.wedoauctions.net/phi


Project Home Indy serves homeless teen girls who are pregnant or parenting, focusing on education, life and job skills training and healthcare. This facility provides a safe, structured and supportive environment and helps residents learn to be self-sufficient heads of their own families.


MHS is a client for which the Coles team provides many services, including public relations, media relations and social media outreach. Coles also works with MHS on statewide advertising efforts, both traditional and digital, and develops a variety of creative projects, including branding and logo design, ad design and collateral print materials.


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Discover Better Healthcare


The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the biggest change to healthcare in decades. It makes sure more Americans can get health insurance and stay healthy. There are lots of new benefits, but with those come lots of new questions.


Coles client Managed Health Services (MHS) is offering a line of products branded as Ambetter from MHS as part of Indiana’s health insurance marketplace. The marketplace, or health exchange, offers consumers a place to shop, compare and select an affordable health plan.


Ambetter continues the MHS mission of transforming the health of the community. It delivers local, helpful and affordable healthcare with MHS members in mind. Coles is working with MHS to market its Ambetter product through a variety of mediums, including online and traditional advertising, billboards, social media outreach and media relations.


“We have been serving Hoosiers for nearly two decades by offering a large network of skilled healthcare providers who deliver the highest quality and care to our members,” said MHS President and CEO Patrick Rooney. “Our marketplace product Ambetter will be the best choice for affordable healthcare.”


Enrolling in Ambetter is simple. There are four steps to buying a healthcare plan:

  1. Enter your information online or over the phone. You can also submit your application by mail.
  2. Compare plans. If you are eligible for an Insurance Marketplace product, you will get a list of options.
  3. Choose your plan. Choose and buy a healthcare plan that is right for you and your family.
  4. Start coverage. Your coverage may begin as soon as January 2014.


Enroll in an Ambetter health plan today. Call 1-877-687-1182 to get started. Learn more about Ambetter from MHS here.


MHS is your resource for all questions about the Affordable Care Act. Visit www.mhsindiana.com/ACA for your guide to the new healthcare laws!


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