Texas Certifies Huguley Memorial Medical Center As One Of Best To Protect Newborn Babies From Hearing Loss
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. Huguley Memorial Medical Center has been recognized by the State of Texas as one of the best in the state for screening newborn babies for hearing loss. 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.
“Huguley 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 Tammy Collier, RN, FACHE, Huguley Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services. “We are the only hospital in Fort Worth or Johnson County to receive this distinction.”
Huguley earned this recognition by ensuring families and their newborns receive comprehensive services during their hospital birth admission. The Texas Department of State Health Services monitors hospital-based hearing screening programs to ensure 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.
“Achieving certification reflects the dedication of our nurses to provide complete and thorough care to our youngest patients. Testing and reporting results can be meticulous and tedious, but we understand that early detection can make a critical difference to a baby with hearing loss,” explained Sheila Rogers, RNC, Huguley Women’s Services Care Manager.
The Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention 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. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, infants who are hard of hearing or deaf and receive intervention before 6 months of age maintain language development almost equal to babies with no hearing loss.