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February 17, 2014 - USA Children's & Women's Hospital Recognized for Newborn Hearing Screenings


The Alabama Department of Public Health recently recognized the Mother Baby and NICU nurseries at the University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital for exceeding national standards in newborn hearing screenings.

“We are honored to be recognized for our contributions to improving the health of newborns in Alabama,” said Veronica Hudson, nurse manager of the unit. “The dedication and commitment of the nursing staff is commendable.”

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of newborn screening, monthly awards were presented to the best-performing birthing centers that met or exceeded the newborn hearing screening benchmarks established by the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing. These standards reflect accurate screenings of all newborns and consistent electronic reporting of the hearing screening results to ADPH. The screenings facilitate early identification and follow up of infants for possible hearing loss.


The national standard for the Refer Rate, which is the number of infants identified with a hearing deficiency, is less than 4%. In July, the month for which they received the award, USA Well Baby and NICU nurseries had 289 births with a 1.7 % Refer Rate.

“Please join Alabama’s State Health Officer Dr. Donald Williamson and the Alabama Department of Public Health in congratulating the outstanding job performed by the staff at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital,” said Melissa Richardson, of the newborn hearing screening program of the ADPH.

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