Highlands Maternity Center Receives Award


Highlands Maternity Center was given a special honor on Monday, July 29, for being one of the top five hospitals in Alabama with a less than 5% unsatisfactory rate for Newborn Screening Tests. Highlands Maternity Center was ranked third among the 51 Alabama hospitals with birthing centers.

Cindy Ashley, BSN, RNC, and Rachael Montgomery, RN, BSN, who are both with The Alabama Department of Public Health, presented the award to Angie Sherrod, Maternity Center Nurse Manager, John Hawes, Chief Nursing Officer, and the Highlands Maternity Center nurses.

"The Newborn Screening test is key in identifying an illness or disorder and then allows the families and their physicians to take the next step in the infant's care plan," said Cindy Ashley, Director of Newborn Screening Program with ADPH.

The Newborn Screening Test is a blood test that checks a newborn for at least 30 genetic and congenital disorders. The birth rate in Alabama is 60,000 births per year; last year, nearly 200 newborns were diagnosed with a congenital or genetic disorder that was identified through the Newborn Screening test.

"I am very proud of the hard work and dedication that has been shown by the entire Nursery Staff regarding Newborn Screening Collection," said Angie Sherrod. "Our team of physicians and nurses at Highlands Maternity Center pride themselves in providing exceptional care to mothers and infants and this great accomplishment and award validates our commitment to serving families of Jackson County." 

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