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About the Newborn Screening Program

The Newborn Screening Program Area Service Center at Valley Children’s Hospital consists of a registered nurse (RN) director, registered nurse (RN) and registered dietitian (RD) coordinators, a community liaison, administrative support, and a medical director who specializes in genetic medicine and metabolism.

As one of the seven Newborn Screening Area Centers across California, we process screenings for about 75,000 newborns across our 32-county service area every year. Our directive as a contractor of the California Department of Public Health is to provide:

  • Reporting to primary care providers and assuring follow-up of all screening referrals: inadequate specimens, positive results, untested newborns, and those who are screened too early.
  • Consultation and technical assistance to all Program participants (i.e., hospitals, physicians, public health departments, etc).
  • Training and educational activities to all participants and the community.
  • Monitoring NBS providers for compliance with state newborn screening regulations and guidelines.