With the addition of CCHD screening, the total number of primary screening tests administrated to newborns is now 30. “While most of the disorders are rare, they are usually serious. Some may be life threatening; others may slow down a baby’s physical development or cause mental retardation or other problems if left undetected and untreated,” said Terrina Bullock, RN, director of women’s and pediatric services. “We are now screening for 30 primary disorders and over 40 total disorders, including secondary conditions. Most affected babies have the opportunity to grow up healthy and develop normally through a simple blood screen that saves babies from death or disability.”
Statewide, 10 newborns have been identified with congenital heart defects that might have gone undetected. Locally, Citizens Baptist has found no infants with congenital heart defects through this new screening process.
According to ADPH, newborn screening has been named one of the top public health achievements of the 20th century. Alabama remains ahead of the national average in screening its newborns.
The March of Dimes recently recognized State Health Officer Dr. Donald Williamson for his leadership in this newborn screening effort.
Citizens is pleased to participate in an initiative that gives babies the best opportunities for a healthy start in life.
Citizens Baptist Medical Center is a 122-bed acute care facility in Talladega with more than 300 employees.
The hospital offers a comprehensive range of clinical services, including obstetrics/gynecology, cardiology, emergency services, home care, sleep service, and a Senior Care Unit, in addition to specialized medical and surgical care. Citizens Baptist joined the health ministry of Baptist Health System in 1992 and serves North Talladega County.Ê
Founded in 1922, Baptist Health System, Inc. is one of the largest health care systems in Alabama and one of the state’s largest employers.
The System is a not-for-profit, 501(c) corporation that owns and manages four hospitals in the state of Alabama. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations.