Nebraska Newborn Hearing Hospital Champion Campaign

 
 
 
 
 
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This campaign is aligned with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NE DHHS), Nebraska Safe Babies Hospital campaigns. Many of Nebraska hospitals have already been recognized as champions in Safe Sleep and Abusive Head Trauma prevention. NE-EHDI wants to recognize our birthing facilities as Newborn Hearing Hospital Champions as well.

Identify deaf or hard of hearing infants early for the opportunity to reach his/her full potential. 


Identify deaf or hard of hearing infants early for the opportunity to reach his/her full potential.
Brenda Coufal - EDHI Program Manager


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Hearing loss is the most common birth defect in the US.
  • Hearing loss can affect a child's ability to develop on time speech, language, social and emotional skills.
  • The earlier children identified as deaf or hard of hearing begin receiving services, the more likely they are to reach their full potential.
  • CDC supported research show meeting the 1-3-6 Benchmarks results in better vocabulary development for children who are d/hh. 

Important 1-3-6 Benchmarks established by the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH):

  • All babies should have a hearing screening before 1 month of age.
  • A hearing evaluation, if needed should be completed before 3 months of age.
  • Infants identified as d/hh should be enrolled in early intervention by 6 months of age

The success of meeting the 1-3-6 benchmarks depends on professionals like you. Approximately 55 infants are identified as deaf or hard of hearing annually in Nebraska due to the work NE-EHDI does with our partners including birth hospitals.

The goal of the Nebraska Newborn Hearing Hospital Champion campaign is to provide evidence-based education to  birthing hospital staff who work directly with families. Your hospital can make an impact by joining our exciting venture to help professionals understand that how they communicate results to parents can impact timely follow up when an infant does not pass the newborn hearing screening. This will provide a consistent baseline education for all hospital personnel caring for newborns.

Increased awareness of newborn hearing screening will result in:

  • More babies identified as deaf or hard of hearing by three months of age
  • Fewer babies left without early access to language
  • More deaf and hard of hearing children staying on track with their hearing peers
  • Better educational and vocational outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing children as they grow into adults
  • Potential tax dollar savings of $2.3M* annually for the Nebraska special education system. (*Based on the average of $420,000/child X the average of 55 babies identified as d/hh each year in Nebraska)

NE-EHDI provides education brochures and cards free of charge so healthcare providers can educate parents about the importance of hearing in a child's cognitive, academic, social, and emotional development. 

Becoming a Hospital Champion:

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and NE-EHDI invite you to join the Newborn Hearing Hospital Champion campaign. Nebraska birthing hospitals that routinely deliver babies touch the lives of newborns, parents, and caregivers.  Every day, health providers can educate parents about the importance of early hearing detection and intervention to protect babies from missing out on the most critical period in early childhood for speech and language development. Your hospital can make an impact by joining our exciting venture.

5 steps to becoming a Newborn Hearing Hospital Champion:

  • Take the Newborn Hearing Hospital Champion Pledge
  • Develop or update current Newborn Hearing Screening Policy
  • Hospital personnel education and education plan
  • Provide patient/client education
  • Complete Internal Audits annually

Please join us in taking all the steps needed to ensure we are identifying infants who are deaf or hard of hearing as soon as possible so they can stay on track with their hearing peers and reach their full potential.

Pledges

  1. Memorial Community Hospital & Health System - Aurora
  2. Methodist Fremont Health - Fremont
  3. Howard County Medical Center - St. Paul
  4. CHI Health St. Francis - Grand Island
  5. CHI Health St. Elizabeth - Lincoln
  6. CHI Health Lakeside - Omaha
  7. CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center Bergan - Omaha
  8. CHI Health Immanuel Medical Center - Omaha
  9. CHI Health Mercy - Council Bluffs, IA
  10. CHI Health St. Mary's - Nebraska City
  11. Perkins County Health Services - Grant
  12. Mary Lanning Healthcare - Hastings
  13. Butler County Health Care Center - Seward
  14. CHI Health Schuyler - Schuyler
  15. Nebraska Medicine - Omaha
  16. CHI Health Good Samaritan - Kearney
  17. Box Butte General Hospital - Alliance
  18. Grand Island Regional Medical Center - Grand Island

Champions

  1. St Francis Memorial Hospital - West Point
  2. York General Hospital - York
  3. Bryan Medical Center - Lincoln

 

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MeLissa Butler presents St Francis Memorial Hospital - West Point with the first Newborn Hearing Hospital Champion Certificate


Congratulations to St Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point Nebraska for becoming the first Newborn Hearing Hospital Champion! The staff at St Francis volunteered to be the pilot hospital for this initiative, and offered valuable feedback to Nebraska EHDI along the way. MeLissa Butler, Community Health Educator Sr. for the NE-EHDI program presented the certificate to the newborn nursery staff on December 30, 2019.