The LA BioMed Newborn Screening Program Area Service Center at Harbor-UCLA is part of a state-sponsored network for the diagnosis of specific endocrine, pulmonary, metabolic, genetic, and hematological disorders in newborns. All infants in the State of California are required by law to have blood drawn and sent to a state contracting laboratory within the first few days of life. The state tests for conditions that can seriously impair or jeopardize a baby’s potential for growth and development. The program screens for conditions in which early intervention can prevent disability and even death.
The Newborn Screening Area Service Center works with 38 hospitals and 15 midwifery groups, representing over 90,000 births a year in the southern and eastern portions of Los Angeles County and all of San Bernardino County. The staff consults with physicians, families, and other primary care providers to interpret newborn screening (NBS) test results, provide education, consultation, track cases, and facilitate the entry of the at-risk baby and family to approved specialty centers for diagnosis and treatment.
For more information contact:
Barbara Foley Ferreira, R.N.
Phone: (310) 222-3751