Newark-Wayne Community Hospital’s Birthing and Women’s Care Center is one of 46 birthing centers in the nation to be recognized for its Hepatitis B prevention program for newborn babies by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a national organization that works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease. The award is also part of the New York State Department of Health’s Immunization Program, referred to as the “Hepatitis B Birth Honor Role” and is administered through the Wayne County Public Health Department. To be included, Newark-Wayne was required to report a vaccination coverage rate before discharge of 90% or greater and to implement specific policies, procedures and protocols to protect newborns from the hepatitis B virus. Newark-Wayne is the only hospital in the Finger Lakes to achieve this distinction.
“The Hepatitis B immunization, given to a newborn before discharge from the hospital, helps to provide early protection from this really serious illness,” said Michael Jordan, M.D., chief of Pediatrics at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital. “Our goal is to provide the best care possible and immunizations are an important part of preventive care.”
“We are pleased to be able to present this award to Newark-Wayne,” said Chris Gedney, RN, Immunization Nurse at Wayne County Public Health. “The hospital received a 100 percent score for this effort and that demonstrates an outstanding level of commitment to preventing illnesses and in the babies’ and new moms’ care.”
(Photo, Left to right): Kristin Brandt, RN, MS, CPNP-PC; Christine Gedney, RN, BSN, Immunization Nurse, Wayne County Public Health (WCPH); Cindy Witter, RNC, MSN, SANE-A, Nurse Manager, Birthing and Women’s Center; Rebecca Woodard, LPN; Tina Peters, RN BSN, Deputy Director, WCPH; (Back row): Michael Jordan, MD, Chief, Pediatrics; Holly Fiorita, PCT; Kay Hausman, CNM; Mark F. Klyczek, President, FACHE, NWCH; Cathy Brennessel, RN; Deborah C. Stamps, EdD, MS, RN, GNP, NE, BC, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
As the largest provider of OB/GYN services in the Finger Lakes, the Birthing and Women’s Care Center at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital is proud of its 60 year history of superior care for new mothers and their babies. The specialized team of physicians, nurses, technicians and other team members combine superior clinical skills with a compassionate and caring approach for the safest, most comfortable birth experience possible. With Newark-Wayne’s sister hospital, Rochester General Hospital, the Birthing and Women’s Care Center embarked on a safety program for Obstetrics - the Managing Obstetric Risk Efficiently program (MOREOB) and is also working to become “Baby Friendly” a World Health Organization program in support of breastfeeding as the healthiest option for most mothers and their babies. In the last year, the Birthing and Women’s Care Center experienced unprecedented growth with 670 births in 2013. For more information or to arrange a tour, call the Birthing and Women’s Care Center at (315) 332-2230, or visit www.newarkwaynehospital.org/birthingcenter.