JPMC Lauded for Newborn Hearing Screening

Jane Phillips Medical Center recently received a pat on the back for how well it complies with state laws for newborn hearing screening and reporting. After reviewing the most recent data, officials with the Oklahoma State Health Department lauded JPMC’s Family Services Unit for its performance in this important area.

JPMC is performing exactly as we hope all hospitals would,” said OSDH Newborn Hearing Screening Program Coordinator Patricia Burk. “The staff is to be commended for their  hard work. Because of them, babies are able to receive care and outcomes that they would not have been able to do in any other time in history.”

JPMC was recognized for 100% compliance in performing hearing tests on newborns as well as its reporting of results to the OSDH. The data period covered the first three quarters of 2013.

By state law, all newborns have hearing checked before they leave the hospital. Equipment at the hospital tests to see if an infant’s hearing is okay. Babies also are checked to see if they have risks for later developing hearing loss.

“JPMC Nursery nurses perform hearing screens on every newborn prior to discharge,” said Family Services Manager Linda Quigley.       

"When needed, we also screen and provide follow-up for those infants from our community who are born in other facilities. Addressing a hearing problem at the earliest age possible starts a child down a path of successful communication for a lifetime.”

 Good hearing is important for speech and language development. Hearing problems need to be identified as early as possible. If an infant has a hearing loss, steps can be taken to help the infant learn communication.

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