|Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) has been recognized for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection. Pictured are nurses in HMC’s Mother-Baby unit. From left are Rhoda Codjoe, Sherron Taylor, Miriam Starr (clinical manager), Meagan Raburn, Holly Kinsey and Michelle Haag.|
DALTON, Ga. – Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection.
HMC is the newest entry into IAC’s Birth Dose Honor Roll, immunize.org/honor-roll/birthdose, which recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. HMC immunized 99 percent of babies from March 1, 2013, to March 1, 2014. and took additional steps to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B.
The national standard of care to prevent hepatitis B virus infection in babies is to administer hepatitis B vaccine to all newborns before they leave the hospital or birthing center. This standard is being adopted by centers of healthcare excellence nationwide as a safety net to protect newborns from a wide range of medical errors that lead to babies being unprotected from perinatal hepatitis B infection.
“Hospitals and birthing centers have a responsibility to protect babies from life-threatening hepatitis B infection,” said Deborah Wexler, MD, executive director and founder of IAC. “Hamilton’s commitment to the best practice of hepatitis B vaccination at birth has shown them to be a leader in preventing the transmission of the hepatitis B virus.”
Each month, nearly 200 mothers-to-be choose Hamilton Medical Center’s
Turner Maternal & Infant Care Center for a unique, life-changing
event: their baby’s birth. The Center combines state-of-the-art medical
technology with the comforts of home and the latest in birthing options.
The Center includes the Turner Neonatal Intensive Care Pavilion, HMC’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The unit was completely redesigned in the fall of 2012. The expansion includes eight level II rooms and four Level III rooms for ill and premature infants. The new rooms allow parents to stay nearby and bond with their babies during this crucial time.