Newborn Screening

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.

Newborn Screening Information

Barbara Foley Ferreira, R.N.
Project Director
bferreira@labiomed.org

Phone: (310) 222-3751
Email: newbornscreening@labiomed.org

Physicians:

Adam J. Jonas, M.D.
Medical Director, Newborn Screening Program
Professor of Pediatrics

Henry J. Lin, M.D.
Clinical Director, Newborn Screening Program

Patricia I. Dickson, M.D.
Chief, Division of Medical Genetics

Joseph Lasky III, M.D.
Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology

W.N. Paul Lee, M.D.
Chief, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology

Program Staff:

Mary F. Austin, R.N.
Coordinator

Barbara Foley Ferreira, R.N., G.C.N.
Project Director

Lucy Morizio, D.P.M, B.S.
Coordinator

Terry F. Payne, P.A.-C., M.P.H.
Program Specialist

Licha Witte
Administrative Assistant

The LA BioMed Newborn Screening Area Service Center at Harbor-UCLA staff is a highly trained group of medical professionals dedicated to providing newborn screening services to the hospitals, physicians, midwives and families of the southern and eastern portions of Los Angeles County and all of San Bernardino County.

The staff consists of subspecialty physicians, nurse coordinators, program specialists and a community liaison. The core personnel is supplemented by subspecialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center to consult on specific newborn issues and treatment services through the California Children’s Services Specialty Centers (CCS). For a complete list of NBS Approved CCS Specialty Care Centers and Consultants in Southern California click here.

Documents & Information

NBS_babycollage2_optGeneral Questions About Newborn Screening (NBS)

Visit the California Department of Health Newborn Screening Program for comprehensive information about the newborn screening process, educational materials for parents, and details on specific conditions. Answers questions regarding how common a disease is, what to do if a baby has an initial positive result, how to understand the benefits and the limitations of newborn screening, and how athletes can obtain sickle cell trait results.

Find a complete list here.
Please request the results from your baby’s pediatrician or well child care provider. If you have changed providers please have the provider obtain a signed medical release from you and contact:

Genetic Disease Screening Program
California Department of Public Health
Phone: (510) 412-1541
Fax: (510) 412-1559

The Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics web site does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. When in doubt, consult your doctor.

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Form

Consent for Release of Information Ensuring Testing of Infants
NCAA Athletes Sickle Cell Screening Form to Request Your NBS Results

March of Dimes

Resources for professionals including in-depth information about the disorders for which babies are screened.

Specimen Collection

Video from California Newborn Screening Program on proper collection procedures
*Warning: This video is intended for healthcare professionals and contains blood.

American College of Medical Genetics

ACTion sheets for primary care providers. These describe short-term actions health professionals should follow in communicating with the family and determining appropriate steps in the follow-up of the infant that has screened positive, and an overview of the steps involved in determining the final diagnosis.

The Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics web site does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. When in doubt, consult your doctor.

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Document

Letter from CDPH regarding SCID & OST OST Letter (.doc)
How to do OST OST Manual (.ptt)
SIS Screening Oath Oath of Confidentiality (.pdf)