PHYSICIAN HONORED FOR EARLY HEARING DETECTION AND INTERVENTION EXCELLENCE
Dr. Betty Vohr receives Antonia Brancia Maxon Award
Providence, RI – Betty R. Vohr, MD, of Barrington, director of Women & Infants Hospital’s Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic and medical director of the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Program, has been presented with the national Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Excellence. The award was presented at the National EHDI Meeting in St. Louis on March 5, 2012.
A graduate of Albany Medical College, Dr. Vohr has been the national coordinator of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network follow-up studies since 1990. Dr. Vohr is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Hearing, The Joint Committee of Infant Hearing (former Chair), and Chair of the Rhode Island Hearing Advisory Committee. Her primary clinical and research interests focus on improving the long-term outcomes of high-risk premature infants and infants with hearing loss. Dr. Vohr is participating in studies investigating the outcomes of premature infants and the outcomes of infants with hearing loss. She has published more than 200 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, as well as numerous textbook chapters.
In 1993, Rhode Island legislation mandating universal newborn hearing screening took effect, and the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Program (RIHAP) based at Women & Infants, became the first public health program of its kind in the United States. Since that time, RIHAP has screened 99% of Rhode Island’s newborn babies (14,000 annually) for hearing loss at its seven hospitals.
This award honors the career achievements of Dr. Antonia Brancia Maxon to promote effective Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs for all newborns, infants, and young children. Dr. Maxon was a pioneer in EHDI programs, beginning with her leadership in the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Project in the late 1980s. She was one of the first to recognize the feasibility and value of universal newborn hearing screening and was a tireless advocate for connecting screening programs with timely and appropriate diagnosis and early intervention.
Her extensive contributions to creating excellent EHDI programs were abruptly ended by a tragic automobile accident in May 2007. In memory of her contributions, an Award for EHDI Excellence is presented each year at the National EHDI Meeting to honor an individual or group of people who have made a noteworthy accomplishment in achieving excellence in EHDI programs nationally or in a particular state or region of the country.
Dr. Vohr said, “Our team at Women & Infants Hospital has been at the forefront of newborn hearing screening, beginning with the work of Dr. Maxon. To have this work recognized is truly humbling.”
Griffin Hospital Achieves Silver Level in Red Cross Life Share Program
Derby, CT – Griffin Hospital was recently recognized as one of the area’s most dedicated sponsors of the American Red Cross in 2011.
Griffin achieved Silver Level in the Red Cross’ Life Share Program, a healthcare initiative that aims to increase blood donations at hospital-sponsored blood drives. Last year, blood drives at Griffin collected 296 units of blood from staff and community donors. Because each pint has the potential to help up to three people, 888 patients may have benefitted from the hospital’s efforts.
“Successful blood drives are a true partnership among the sponsoring organizations, the donors and the Red Cross. Families and communities depend upon the Red Cross in times of need and that is why we sincerely thank Griffin Hospital for its loyal support,” said Paul Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Connecticut Blood Services Region. “We couldn’t continue to help those in need with Griffin Hospital’s dedication.”
Nurse Program Receives United Way Special Needs Grant
DERBY, CT – The Valley United Way has awarded the Griffin Hospital Valley Parish Nurse (VPN) Program a Special Needs Grant to help purchase educational materials for children’s health and safety programs.
“We are grateful to the Valley United Way for its ongoing support of our efforts to make our community a healthier, safer place to live, especially for our children,” said Cathi Kellett, Special Programs Coordinator in the Office of Community Outreach and Parish Nursing at Griffin Hospital.
According to Kellett, the $1,720 grant will be used to purchase books, posters, and other educational materials on topics ranging from using 911, home and fire safety, seasonal safety, healthy habits, healthy eating, and exercise.