June 13 2008 - Texas certifies MFH as one of the best

For Immediate Release

June 13, 2008

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John Moore
Media Relations
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TEXAS CERTIFIES MOTHER FRANCES HOSPITAL AS ONE OF BEST TO PROTECT NEWBORN BABIES FROM HEARING LOSS

TYLER, TX - Texas hospitals across the state screen newborns for hearing loss as part of a statewide public health initiative that is preventing many infants from suffering developmental delays associated with undetected hearing loss. Mother Frances Hospital has been recognized by the State of Texas as one of the best in the state for screening newborn babies for hearing loss.

"Mother Frances earned top marks with its recent certification as a 'Distinguished Newborn Hearing Screening Program,' the highest rating possible for a birthing hospital in Texas," said Jeannie Henegan, RNC, BSN, clinical director, Mother Frances Hospital Birth Center and Mother Baby Unit. "The goal of the program is to ensure that newborns who have hearing loss quickly get into services to develop their speech, language and learning. We're proud to offer this service to the families in our community."

Mother Frances earned the recognition by helping families and their newborns receive top-quality services during their hospital birth admission. The Texas Department of State Health Services monitors hospital-based hearing screening programs to assure specific quality benchmarks are met. To be certified, hospitals must screen newborns for hearing loss, refer those who need follow-up testing to audiologists, and inform parents and family doctors of hearing screening results. Certified hospitals have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring that those babies born with hearing loss are detected early and channeled to the best resources to get medical and educational attention.

The Texas newborn hearing screening program is one of the largest of its kind in the world and has continually ranked as one of the best in country since being implemented in 2001 by the Texas Legislature. Nearly 400,000 babies in Texas are screened annually because of this program.

About one baby in 1,000 is born with a hearing loss.

For more information on services available through Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, visit www.tmfhs.org.

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