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Hospitals of Providence Honored for Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose Rate

The Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus, Sierra Campus and East Campus have been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Department of State Health Services for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection.

“It is our responsibility to protect the health of the babies we care for,” said Dr. Enrique Martinez, Chief Medical Officer for The Hospitals of Providence. “This recognition is a testament to our commitment to patient safety and delivering excellence through patient care.”

The Hospitals of Providence is the newest entry into IAC’s Birth Dose Honor Roll, which recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. Sierra Campus immunized 100% of babies from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015; East Campus immunized 99% babies from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015; Memorial Campus immunized 97% of babies from January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016 and all campuses 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 Debora Wexler, MD, executive director and founder of IAC.

The Hospitals of Providence 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.

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