Improving Newborn Screening Turn-around Times

March 24th, 2014 by Will Humble Leave a reply »

Last December I wrote about an investigation done by a reporter from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about newborn screening program turn-around times across the country.  When I saw where Arizona stood relative to the other states in the article, we set a new goal of making sure that our Lab gets 95% of all newborn screening bloodspots from hospitals within 3 days of collection.  Our Lab team immediately responded to the challenge, creating a task force to help the 43 Arizona birth hospitals reach the statewide goal.  For the past 3 months the task force developed an aggressive project plan including educational webinars, hospital site visits, increased courier services and a new webpage.

This week we launched the transit time webpage that features hospital performance reports- providing  soon-to-be parents and the general public with information about progress towards the goal.  The site also recognizes 4 hospitals as top performers for their respective level based on the January 2014 reports- Little Colorado Medical Center, Banner Ironwood Medical Center, Flagstaff Medical Center, and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Special thanks to Celia Nabor, Sondi Aponte, Isaac Lee, Gannon Wegner, Jesse Lewis, Kirsten Hushagen, Rose Halberg, and Ward Jacox for their continued commitment to the success of the project.

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3 comments

  1. Arlin Troutt says:

    Mr. Humble I wish you had done more to educate the medical community on the history safety and medical value of cannabis. You have done much behind the scenes to confuse and intimidate patients and doctors.

    A good example is my week old (today) grand baby and how you put him at risk. In the “Marijuana Section” of your ADHS Blog you published; “Smoking and Stillbirth. My family read your tobacco story, laughed and realized it had nothing to do with marijuana but the doctors and nurses at Mountain Vista Medical Center must have only read your Marijuana Smoke & Stillbirth headline and not the actual study.

    My daughter is a MMJ patient for a very good reason. She took every precaution and had a registered naturalistic doctor that knows our family and understands our health and religious practices. It was a perfect delivery and a perfect baby in our home. We had my daughter and new grandson transported from the Superstition Mountains to Mountain Vista in Mesa for a check up to be on the safe side. When the head nurse at the hospital found out that my daughter had a medical marijuana card and informed the doctor, they took the baby away from her and tried to give him a “drug test” They warned my daughter that if she tried to breast feed her baby or leave the hospital with him they would call Child Protective Services. This perfect baby and birth at our home turned into your Humble Hospital nightmare that ended with a call to Attorney “Craig Mehrens” (thank you Craig). Cannabis has a substantial history of safe and effective use in childbirth going back to the Ancient Egyptians but that’s not the point.
    Mr. Humble, will you talk to the naturopathic doctors that are treating young children and do your research on cannabis, childbirth and seizures. We need to be educating our doctors and nurses not scaring the hell out of them with Will Humble’s Hemp Hysteria.

  2. Arlin Troutt says:

    Mr. Humble I wish you had done more to educate the medical community on the history nurses at Mountain Vista Medical Center must have only read your Marijuana Smoke & safety and medical value of cannabis. You have done much behind the scenes to confuse and intimidate patients and doctors.
    A good example is my week old (today) grand baby and how you put him at risk. In the “Marijuana Section” of your ADHS Blog you published; “Smoking and Stillbirth. My family read your tobacco story, laughed and realized it had nothing to do with marijuana but the doctors and Stillbirth headline and not the actual study.
    My daughter is a MMJ patient for a very good reason. She took every precaution and had a registered naturalistic doctor that knows our family and understands our health and religious practices. It was a perfect delivery and a perfect baby in our home. We had my daughter and new grandson transported from the Superstition Mountains to Mountain Vista in Mesa for a check up to be on the safe side. When the head nurse at the hospital found out that my daughter had a medical marijuana card and informed the doctor, they took the baby away from her and tried to give him a “drug test” They warned my daughter that if she tried to breast feed her baby or leave the hospital with him they would call Child Protective Services. This perfect baby and birth at our home turned into your Humble Hospital nightmare that ended with a call to Attorney “Craig Mehrens” (thank you Craig). Cannabis has a substantial history of safe and effective use in childbirth going back to the Ancient Egyptians but that’s not the point.
    Mr. Humble, will you talk to the naturopathic doctors that are treating young children and do your research on cannabis, childbirth and seizures. We need to be educating our doctors and nurses not scaring the hell out of them with Will Humble’s Hemp Hysteria.

  3. Hana says:

    Your and your colleagues’ commitment to improvement of medical care and process in newborn screening turn-around times is admirable. Kudos to all those who are contributing their time, effort and knowhow.

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