DCHS Formally Recognized by State of Michigan for Newborn Screening Efforts
State Representative Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan presented Dickinson County Healthcare System with formal recognition from the State of Michigan for exceeding expectations in regards to state mandated newborn screening initiatives. For the past 50 years, all birthing hospitals across Michigan have been required to perform newborn screening within an established timeframe after birth. Dickinson Memorial Hospital’s Family Birth Center has been identified as an outstanding performer – one of only seven hospitals in the entire State of Michigan to be recognized.
The newborn screening system (NBS) provides testing and follow-up for 55 conditions that, if not detected, would result in serious disability or death. Through three simple screening tests (blood, hearing and heart screening) administered by hospital staff during the first hours of life, newborns can be identified with these treatable conditions, helping to prevent complications and improving the health and well-being for these children.
For the 202 infants born at Dickinson Memorial Hospital during the first six months of 2015, The Family Birth Center met or exceeded all six performance metrics, including:
“The newborn screening requirements are there for a reason, and we take them very seriously,” commented Cathy Hartwig, RN, Nurse Manager of Dickinson’s Family Birth Center. “Every one of our patients deserves the very best care we can provide. Administering the screening can potentially save them from a lifetime of health problems.”