BIG SPRING, TEXAS - Scenic Mountain Medical Center has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Texas Health Department, for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection. This is the second year SMMC has received this recognition.
“We are very honored to be named to the honor roll. This recognition falls into alignment with the journey that we are taking here at SMMC. It shows that not only are we making great strides in the right direction, but we are sustaining that movement,” SMMC Labor and Delivery Director Angela Grimsley, said. “Safety of our patients, from our smallest ones to our most seasoned ones, is our top priority and this award reflects that.”
The IAC’s Birth Dose Honor Roll recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. SMMC immunized 98 percent of babies born May 2017 through May 2018, and took additional steps to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B. “Safety has been a top priority in all that we are doing at SMMC. Recognitions like this serve as validation to the staff and to the community. This recognition is a reflection of the care new parents and families can expect to receive at SMMC,” Grimsley said.
The national standards of care to prevent hepatitis B virus infection in babies are 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.
“We, as a hospital, have a responsibility to protect babies from life-threatening hepatitis B infection,” Grimsley said. “SMMC’s commitment to the best practice of hepatitis B vaccination at birth has shown that our team is doing their due diligence in preventing the transmission of the hepatitis B virus.”